Next year, Gold Star Family Day is September 24th.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

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.

We would like to take a moment and share a past event with you in hopes of inspiring more to participate next year. The next Gold Star Family Day is 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.
Luminary Lightings Nationwide

On the evening of Sunday, September 25, 2016, military supporters across the country came together to show their support for Gold Star family members and to keep the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation alive.

This year, thousands of individuals participated in more than 400 separate luminary lighting events in more than 40 states. This amount of support is truly humbling and we can't thank you enough.

Events ranged from small to large, from individual family events to neighborhood and community-wide events. Some events had guest speakers, others took place at parks and memorials, and hundreds of people lit luminaries along their driveways and sidewalks.

Click here to read more about 2016 Luminary Initiative events.

Luminary Lighting in Pennsylvania
Hosted by Teresita Reynolds

On Sunday evening, my neighbors, my family and I participated  in the Gold Star Luminary Initiative. I was very excited to see over 200 Gold  Star bags light up our streets. 

When I went around my neighborhood, handing out the pamphlets in the  weeks preceding the night, all of my neighbors were very receptive to  participate. Many of them generously offered to turn on the LED votive candles within  the bags. It was during my neighborhood visits, that I discovered that an  elderly neighbor had a much-loved brother sacrifice his life in military service  during World War II. She was thankful to know there was such an event to  honor and recognize all those who lost their own loved ones during military  service.

At sunset on that Sunday evening, all of my neighbors and my family exited  our homes. We all walked up and down the streets, taking pictures and  thinking on the sacrifice and paying our respects. On that evening, my  neighbors, my family and I sent out our gratitude to all the Gold Star  families who sacrificed so much, for so many.

All my neighbors agreed to continue the tradition on the last Sunday of  September to light up our streets. We all wish to continue paying our  respects, to honor and to offer our thanks to all Gold Star families.

I am most grateful to to bring forth the awareness of the  Gold Star Luminary Initiative.
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The Luminary Initiative is an outreach program of, Inc.