September 6, 2019
Hello Marine 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.

Gold Star Family Day is  less than a month away, and we want  YOU to be a part of the thousands who honor our fallen military members and their families.

Read below to see state proclamations for Gold Star Family Day and to see how you can do the same! Get started today!

God Bless and Semper Fi,
YOU can make a difference. We are urging citizens to reach out to their governors to write a proclamation for Gold Star Family Day. Help us get the word out today.
Gold Star Family Day Proclamation
Governor Proclamations
Every year, the President of the United States makes a Gold Star Family Day proclamation. Additionally, Governors of each state also have the option to observe Gold Star Family Day with a proclamation of their own. We urge the citizens of states without a proclamation to contact their Governor's office to request one.
Act Now
Use This Template to Help You!
There is no time like the present to ask your Governor to write a proclamation for Gold Star Family Day. To do so, follow these steps:

-Using a search engine: look up your state, followed by “governor” and “proclamation.”
For example, Missouri would look like: Missouri Governor Proclamation

-Once you are at the state website ( Go to the contact header. Proclamations or request contact will typically fall under this header.

- Dates proclaimed : September 29, 2019

- Contact Information: This will be your contact information, as you are the one requesting the proclamation.

-Information about the organization/group is: The term "Gold Star" describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service. The Gold Star signified the family's pride in the loved one's sacrifice rather than the mourning of their loss. We honor the legacy of fallen heroes, support the missions and needs of their families, and raise awareness for Gold Star Family Day.

-Sample language of the proclamation: WHEREAS, many of our brave men and women in uniform have paid the ultimate sacrifice while ensuring our country remains land of the free.

-If you receive a proclamation, please send it to us so we can highlight it in our newsletters and on our website! 
Send it to with the subject line, “Governor Proclamation.”
The Luminary Initiative Store

Visit the Luminary Initiative Store to get all of your Gold Star Luminary Initiative supplies. We have brochures to help you spread awareness, luminaries for your event, and a variety of items, such as battle cross lapel pins, car and garden...
Add Your Event to Our Calendar
Add Your Event to the Calendar
It's not too late to plan, host, or add an event to our page! Whether your event is small or large, neighborhood-wide or city-wide, we want to know what's going on in your neck of the woods. If you have already planned an event, be sure to put it on our calendar so others can attend!
Update Your Profile Picture!
Luminary Initiative Social Media Profile Image
There is power in social media numbers. From now through the evening of September 29, 2019, please change your profile image to the luminary initiative to show your support of Gold Star Family members.
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