Dear Marine Families,
Shortly after World War I, the
Gold Star Mothers Club
was formed to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war. The name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a Service Flag embroidered with a star in their windows. Families of service members who were killed in action were represented by a gold star.
On June 23, 1936, a joint Congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September, originally designated as "Gold Star Mother's Day", is now designated as "Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day" or "Gold Star Family Day" by an annual presidential proclamation.
We invite you to participate in Gold Star Family Day, honoring the sacrifices of fallen heroes and their families this year.
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.
Most of us can't relate personally or begin to imagine how a Gold Star Family feels. What we can do is honor and recognize them. We can thank them for their loved ones. We can let them know that, no matter what, we support and stand behind them as a country.
God bless and Semper Fi