September 18, 2020
Dear poolee, recruit, Marine, and Veteran family members,

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.

Even though large Luminary events won't likely be possible this year, it is still possible to show your support for Gold Star Families. Even lighting one Luminary on your front porch will show that their loved ones sacrifice has not been forgotten.

We would like to ask each of you to reach out to your State Capitol to get permission for you or just a handful of people in your small circle to light luminary bags at your State Capitol Building on the evening of Gold Star Family Day, September 27, 2020. Then send us your photos so we can share them with our Gold Star family members.

You can learn more about how you can reach out to your State Capitol in the article below.

God Bless and Semper Fi,

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director
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To honor Gold Star Families the iconic LAX pylons will glow gold from sundown on Sunday, September 27 to sunrise on Monday, September 28. This is a wonderful way to show Gold Star Families that we have not forgotten the sacrifice their loved ones have made!

We would like to thank a follower of the organization, Laura, for reaching out and bringing this amazing opportunity to our attention. Thank you, Laura!
Involve Your State Capitol

Visit to learn how to request a proclamation for Gold Star Family Day on September 27, 2020 from your State's governor. Use the drop down menu below to get suggested text for the proclamation. Typically, a...

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Honor Gold Star Families, Take the Pledge, Light a Luminary

Honor our fallen heroes and show your support to Gold Star Family members nation-wide. TAKE THE PLEDGE online TODAY! Mark your calendar for the last Sunday in September every year to light a luminary on Gold Star Family Day starting September 27.

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