Next year, Gold Star Family Day is September 24th.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

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 24th, 2017.

Thank you for your continued support of Gold Star families. 

God Bless and Semper Fi!

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder & Executive Director, Inc.
Honor Gold Star Families, Take the Pledge, Light a Luminary

If you haven't taken the 2017 pledge yet, please do so this weekend. Show your support for Gold Star Family members by signing the pledge.

Join the Luminary Initiative Facebook Group

We are proud to announce that we have a  Gold Star Luminary Initiative Facebook group for those of you who are planning your own Luminary Initiative event. This group will allow Luminary Initiative supporters across the country to connect and share with one another and discuss luminary event ideas.
History of the Luminary Initiative

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.

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The Luminary Initiative is an outreach program of, Inc.