Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves “Gold Star Mothers” during the First World War, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation’s Revolutionary War. During World War I, Americans displayed flags in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each military service member. Families stitched a gold star over the blue one to honor those members who died in military service. The Army cherishes the mothers of its Soldiers as bedrocks of support and comfort, and honors the mothers of its fallen, as resilient legacies of their children’s service.
Enacted June 23, 1936, the 74th United States Congress designated “Gold Star Mother’s Day” as a national commemoration for the American people to pause and honor the continued service of the Gold Star Mothers – women who have been forever changed through the ultimate sacrifice of their sons and daughters .
The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. This year, the Army joins the nation Sept. 29, in recognizing the sacrifice and strength of its Gold Star Mothers.
On this day, we remember our commitment to the Gold Star mothers and families who carry on with pride and resolve despite unthinkable loss. We recall our sacred obligation to those who gave their lives so we could live ours.
– President Barack Obama
Gold Star Mother’s Day is important because it’s a day set aside to recognize mothers who have lost a son or daughter on active-duty service. If you think about it, we have Mother’s Day, every May. But when you have lost a son or daughter in service to our nation, Mother’s Day is not the same. This day, Gold Star Mother’s Day, is set aside to honor mothers who have lost a son or daughter who made the ultimate sacrifice. And it recognized the loss of our mothers.
– Donna Engeman, program manager of the U.S. Army Survivor Outreach Services, Gold Star Wife
Being a Gold Star Mother is a distinction that no mother wants. But, in the face of their unimaginable personal sorrow, the women of the Gold Star Mothers inspire is all through their grace and selflessness. Their commitment, courage and constant vigilance ensure that America does not forget the sacrifice of its fallen sons and daughters.
– excerpt from Army Senior leaders message to Gold Star Mothers
Join us in honoring the women whose son/daughter has given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and this nation.