Next year, Gold Star Family Day is September 24th.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
On Gold Star Family Day, we come together to honor those who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military by lighting a luminary on the last Sunday in September.
Throughout America's history, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, families have seen their loved ones heed the call of duty; and with that duty comes the ultimate burden that these families must bear. Lighting a luminary on Gold Star Family Day lets them know they don't stand alone. Mark your calendars for the next Gold Star Family Day, September 24th, 2017.
Thank you for your continued support of Gold Star families.
God Bless and Semper Fi!
Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder & Executive Director
History of the Luminary Initiative
Thousands of luminaries have been lit on the last Sunday in September for nearly a decade. In 2007, the founder and staff at Marine Parents understood that although there has been a presidential proclamation since 1936 to honor Gold Star Mothers, there was no nationwide call for action to show support and remembrance of the sons and daughters of Gold Star Mothers. It was decided that we would ask folks to light luminaries in one of our newsletters that went out to 50,000 Marine Parents and family members. The response and feedback was tremendous.
Since 2007, the Luminary Initiative has taken hold with individuals, groups and organizations lighting luminaries to honor Gold Star Family members around the United States; whether a few luminaries on a front lawn or hundreds in a community event, the impact is the same: the country shares your loss on this day and we want to keep their memories alive.
Please help spread the word and light a luminary on the last Sunday in September.
We are proud to announce that we have a
Gold Star Luminary Initiative Facebook group for those of you who are planning your own Luminary Initiative event. This group will allow Luminary Initiative supporters across the country to connect and share with one another and discuss luminary event ideas.
Share Your Event
If you would like to share your story and photos please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to feature it in a future newsletter.
The Luminary Initiative is an outreach program of MarineParents.com, Inc.