Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Mother’s Day is a celebration that takes place in the United States annually on the last Sunday of September. This day is observed by honoring people who lost children while serving in the United States Military.

The president will issue a proclamation every year to fly the American flag. Observes are also asked to hold ceremonies that display love and reverence to family members of those in the armed forces who lost their life during their service. Many events are put on by the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., an organization of Gold Star Mothers, including wreath laying ceremonies and historical activities. One event featured a tour of the cottage of President Abraham Lincoln. Although the official holiday has established it as a holiday for mothers, other family members are considered with the holiday.

Background

The name comes from the practice by military families who displayed service flags. These had a star for each service member within the family. Living family members were marked with blue stars and the deceased with gold. Gold stars were also worn on armbands by family members who have suffered from this loss.

The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was established in 1929 with a group of 25 mothers from Washington D.C. This grew to a national association. The influence of this group promoted the institution of Gold Star Mother’s Day on June 23, 1936. It has been observed every fourth Sunday of September since then.

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