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Gold Star Mother's Day

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Gold Star Mother's Day is a day set aside to honor and remember the death of a mothers child in combat serving their Country. During WWI families placed a sign in their window with a blue star signifying that they had someone fighting in the war. In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson allowed for those who had lost someone in the war to wear a black arm band with a gold star signifying that their loved one had been killed in the war. This lead to the gold star being added in their window. In 1929 Gold Star Mother's Day was incorporated by obtaining a Federal Charter from the US Congress. It began with 25 mothers from Washington DC and quickly expanded to affiliated groups across America. In 1936 a Congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother's Day. It is honored across America and by a Presidential Proclamation.

I am not a Gold Star Mother, nor a member of a Gold Star family. But today means something to me. I was born into and raised in a military family. I married a military man. I met soldiers, wives. husbands, children and siblings that had lost friends and family in combat. Losing someone you love is hard, but to lose them in battle in a foreign land alone is unbearable. If I can ease their pain by remembering their loved one and honoring their memory then by all means I will. Keeping their sacrifice. their memory alive is my way. Won't you join me?

If you are interested in learning the story of Gold Star Mother's I can recommend "That Knock at The Door" by Holly S. Fenelon.

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