Sunday Is a Day to Honor Gold Star Mothers and Families

Grace Darling Seibold, founder of the American Gold Star Mothers service organization after her son was killed in WWI.

Gold Star Moms are mothers who have lost a child who was serving in the military. Their organization, American Gold Star Mothers, also is a service organization – established by moms who found each other while searching for their missing sons among the WWI wounded veterans who had returned to Washington D.C.

The mothers found each other at a time of great personal and mutual lossĀ  – they reached out to support each other and to help the hospitalized war veterans.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation recognizing Sunday, Sept. 25 , as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.

If you’ve never met a Gold Star Mom – take a moment to view this video. You’ll get a sense of the stuff they’re made of and how each mother works to honor her child who was killed while serving their country.

President Obama’s Gold Star Mother’s and Families Day proclamation:

“Since our nation’s earliest days, the men and women of our armed forces have demonstrated the courage and heroism that have come to define America. Across shores, in deserts, and on city streets around the world, extraordinary Americans have given
their last full measure of devotion defending the freedoms we cherish. Their ultimate sacrifice is one we can never fully repay, and the enormity of the grief their families carry we can never fully know.

“Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America. On this day, and every day, we offer them our deep gratitude and respect, and we are inspired by their strength and determination. Through heartbreaking loss, our Gold Star families continue to support one another, serve their communities, and bring comfort to the men and women of our armed forces and their families.

“Our fallen heroes answered their country’s call to duty, sacrificing all they had and all they would ever know. Their families exemplify that same mark of selflessness and patriotism that has sustained our country and will sustain us through trials to come. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us. Today, we reaffirm our promise to care for those left behind, to uphold the ideals for which the fallen gave their lives, and to carry with us their legacy as we work toward a better future.”

Obama called on all government officials to display the U.S. flag over government buildings to acknowledge the day and encouraged the American people to display it and hold appropriate ceremonies “as a public expression of our nation’s sympathy and respect for our Gold Star mothers and families.”

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