National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day will be observed locally Sunday, Sept. 29.
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 and a blue star for every family member who was serving.
The blue star was replaced with a gold star when a family 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.
On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day. In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the day to “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.”
In a proclamation issued September 24, 2015, President Obama said that most Americans can’t fully comprehend the price Gold Star family members have paid: “Their sleepless nights allow for our peaceful rest, and the folded flags they hold dear are what enable ours to wave. The depth of their sorrow is immeasurable, and we are forever indebted to them for all they have given for us.”
And in the 2018 Presidential Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, President Donald Trump stated, “We will never forget those who nobly gave their lives in service to our country. Today, we pay tribute to these brave men and women in uniform by honoring the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who have wounds in their hearts that will never be fully healed. We will continue to support them as they supported our country by selflessly sharing their loved ones for the noble cause of freedom. Let us pledge our deep and everlasting respect and gratitude to our Gold Star families.”
This year, for the first time, the local Gold Star Families have been invited to meet together in observance of National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day at the West Main Branch of First National Bank of Tennesse on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Bohannon American Legion Post 4 Auxiliary will again this year honor local Gold Star mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters yellow rose corsages on Sunday, Sept. 29.