Gold Star families date back to World War I when families, whose members went off to war, displayed a white flag with a red border.
The flag had a blue star for each family member who was serving. The blue star was replaced with a gold star when a member died during their service to our country.
The gold stars on the flag allowed the community to know that the family had paid a price in the cause of freedom.
Eventually, these families became known as Gold Star Families.
Today, a Gold Star Family is the immediate family members of military personnel who died in an active duty status from causes other than dishonorable.
Since June 23, 1936, after the passage of a joint congressional resolution, our nation has recognized the last Sunday of September as Gold Star Mother’s Day. Amended in 2011, President Barack Obama included the recognition of all Gold Star family members on this day.
The local Gold Star Families will meet together on Saturday, Sept. 26 at American Legion Post #4 to observe National Gold Star Family Day. In honor of the day, the Bohannon American Legion Post 4 Auxiliary will again this year present the local Gold Star Family members with yellow roses.