Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

No one understands the true price of freedom made by our military heroes more than our Gold Star Mothers and Families. Each year, the last Sunday in September is a day set aside to recognize their grief, their sacrifices, and their strengths.


What is a Gold Star Mother/Family?


Gold Star Mothers are Mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. A Gold Star Family is one who has lost a family member in the service of our country.


How the designation originated 

During World War I, families with loved ones who were currently serving hung “service flags” with a blue star for every immediate family member who was currently serving. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.


How the holiday got started

Starting in 1936, the United States began observing Gold Star Mother's Day on the last Sunday of September. At the end of World War II, Gold Star Wives was formed. Today, the tradition extends to all family members. This is a day we recognize the pain, grief and sacrifice mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters must endure when a loved one dies in service to our nation.

Our military families serve this country alongside our military heroes. They provide support while their loved ones are away, they raise families in the absence of their partners, and they pick up the pieces when their loved one is killed or injured in the line of duty.

If you are a Gold Star Mother or Family, we honor your sacrifice and thank you for your service. If you know a Gold Star Mother or Family, please take time today to recognize them.


A Gold Star Mother’s Story

Here’s a story we did on one of our Living Legends Team Angel members, who happens to be a Gold Star Mother: Meet Toni Gross, a Gold Star Mother and much, much more!