Saturday, March 2, 2019
Dear Marine Families,

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.

Tragically, in the last decade, almost 7,000 families have been forced to deal with the utterly devastating heartbreak of their children laying down their lives for their country.

Most of us have not experienced this tragedy. Most of us never will. We can't relate personally or begin to imagine what that must be like. What we can do, however, is honor and recognize these families. We can thank them for the sacrifices they and their children have made on our behalf. We can let them know that, no matter what, we support and stand behind them as a country and that, if even just for a day, their burden is our burden too.

God bless and Semper Fi
Take the Pledge Today

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 29, 2019.
YOU Make a Difference
Please pledge your support for this special day and encourage your community to light luminaries.

Our goal is to have as many communities as possible in each state to support the families of our Fallen Heroes. There is power in numbers and together we can show Gold Star Families that we are a grateful Nation.

YOU can make a difference. Since 2007, thousands of individuals, groups, and organizations across the country have come together to hold Gold Star Luminary Initiative events in honor of Gold Star Family Day. Whether you light one luminary, 10 luminaries, or 100 luminaries, every bit of support shows Gold Star families that their sacrifices are appreciated by a grateful nation.
Luminary Bags
We offer premade fire-resistant bags in the EGA Shop. We also have fallen hero lapel pins, garden flags, candles, and additional products to help you show your support for Gold Star Family Day.

After purchasing your luminary, light it at dusk and place at the end of your driveway on Gold Star Family Day to show your support for the sacrifices our fallen heroes and their family members have made on our behalf. If you are using wax candles in your luminary, please ensure that the luminary is a safe distance from any dry grass or flammable materials*.