Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day
Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day is observed on the last Sunday in September. Also known as National Gold Star Mother’s Day, it honors the mothers and families of fallen military service members.
The observance began during World War I. It was created to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter who served our country in the United States Armed Forces.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces.
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. ~ President Barack Obama ~ September 23, 2011 ~ Presidential Proclamation
HOW TO OBSERVE #GoldStarMothersDay
Organizations around the country honor Gold Star families through ceremonies, luncheons, and teas. They give back to their communities by remembering fallen service members. Service organizations provide opportunities to remember the fall and their families at military memorial sights and veteran’s cemeteries. At the local, state and national level, representatives speak of the importance of remembering our fallen sons and daughters, while continuing to care for their families. Use #GoldStarMothersDay to post on social media.