Dear poolee, recruit, Marine, and Veteran family members,
Thousands of luminaries have been lit on the last Sunday in September for over 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 were 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. Many parts of the country are starting to open back up, however, that does not mean large community events are necessary to honor Gold Star Families. Lighting a few luminaries on your front lawn will have the same impact and still shows Gold Star Families that their loved one's sacrifice will never be forgotten.
This year, Gold Star Family Day is on September 26! Please help spread the word and light a luminary on the last Sunday in September.
God Bless and Semper Fi,
Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director