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.
God Bless and Semper Fi!
Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder & Executive Director
How Your Help is Needed
In communities large and small, organizations and individuals honor these families, from citywide events to a single luminary at the end of a driveway. Community service clubs, church groups, and military organizations all participate—and they all need leaders; someone who will coordinate the day’s activities and send out the call to action.
Will you help keep their memories alive?
Will you light a luminary with your family?
Will you organize an event in your community?
Gold Star Family Day is on the last Sunday of September each year. You can make a difference in your community on September 25th this year.
Visit the Luminary Initiative Store to order Luminary Initiative rack cards. These rack cards are printed on cardstock in full color with a glossy finish. They fit well in a standard display or rack card display and do not ask for donations. They are solely for YOU to use to raise awareness of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative and get your community organizations involved.