Saturday, June 16, 2018
Dear Marine Families,

The mission of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative is to promote awareness of Gold Star Family Day, and urge organizations and individuals in communities throughout the United States to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday of each September in honor of our fallen heroes.

Tragically, in the last decade, almost 7,000 families have been forced to deal with the utterly devastating heartbreak of their children laying down their lives for their country.

Most of us have not experienced this tragedy. Most of us never will. We can't relate personally or begin to imagine what that must be like. What we can do, however, is honor and recognize these families. We can thank them for the sacrifices they and their children have made on our behalf. We can let them know that, no matter what, we support and stand behind them as a country and that, if even just for a day, their burden is our burden too.

God bless and Semper Fi
Take the Pledge Today
Show your support and take the pledge. Complete our online form TODAY, then mark your calendar for the last Sunday in September every year to light a luminary for Gold Star families, beginning on September 30, 2018.
Purchase Luminaries
We offer premade fire-resistant bags in the EGA Shop. We also have fallen hero lapel pins, garden flags, candles, and additional products to help you show your support for Gold Star Family Day.

After purchasing your luminary, light it at dusk and place at the end of your driveway on Gold Star Family Day to show your support for the sacrifices our fallen heroes and their family members have made on our behalf. If you are using wax candles in your luminary, please ensure that the luminary is a safe distance from any dry grass or flammable materials*.
Battle Cross Lapel Pins

Show your support for Gold Star families this Gold Star Family Day with a battle cross lapel pin. These metal pins are approximately one inch tall and have two clasps on the back. This is a meaningful memento to give to friends and family to wear in honor of our fallen heroes and their families. This lapel pin design is exclusive to MarineParents.com and can be purchased individually or in pack of 10, if you want to get extras to hand out to your family, friends, and neighbors.