Gold Star Family Day is September 30th.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

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 30th, 2018.
Thank you for your continued support of Gold Star families. 

God Bless and Semper Fi!

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder & Executive Director, Inc.
Mission & History

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.

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.

Sign the Pledge

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.

Last year there were 1,017 pledges taken, and there were 4,690 participants who lit luminaries on Gold Star Family Day.

We urge everyone to spread the word of the Luminary Initiative in order to maximize the support for Gold Star Family Day.
Share the Pledge

After taking the Gold Star Luminary Initiative pledge, spread the support and share it on social media. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, or some other platform, let your friends and family know that you've pledged your support to support Gold Star families on Gold Star Family Day and encourage them to join you in honoring our fallen heroes.
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 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.

The Luminary Initiative is an outreach program of, Inc.