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It's national gold star mothers day on the 25th September.
In 1936, a group of shining stars started twinkling, and they were called the Gold Star Mothers. These incredible women had lost sons or daughters who served in the armed forces during times of war. United by their tragic experiences, the Gold Star Mothers banded together to support one another and honor the memories of their fallen children.
While every day should be a day to remember and appreciate the sacrifices of these brave men and women, National Gold Star Mother's Day was officially recognized by Congress on the last Sunday in September, beginning in 1936. It's a day when we can show these remarkable mothers just how much they mean to us.
There are numerous ways you can honor and celebrate the Gold Star Mothers in your community. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Did you know that the phrase 'Gold Star Mother' originated from displaying a service flag with a blue star for each living child in service and a gold star for each child who sacrificed their life for their country? It's a small but meaningful symbol that represents the immense love and pride these mothers hold for their fallen heroes.
In 1918, during World War I, the term 'gold star mothers' originated to honor the mothers who had lost their sons while serving in the United States military. It was chosen because the tradition at the time was to hang a service flag in the windows of families who had a loved one serving in the military. The flag had a blue star for each living service member and a gold star for each member who had died. These mothers became known as 'gold star mothers' as a symbol of their sacrifice and loss.
In 1928, ten years after the term was first used, the Gold Star Mothers organization was officially formed. The organization aimed to provide support and comfort to grieving mothers who had lost a child in military service. It quickly grew and served as a vital support network for these bereaved mothers, offering resources, organizing events, and advocating for their rights.
In 1936, the United States government recognized the significance of the Gold Star Mothers organization and designated it as a federally-chartered organization. This acknowledgment solidified the importance of the organization's mission and provided it with additional resources to continue supporting and honoring the mothers who had lost their children in service to their country.
In 1947, recognizing the need to support spouses of fallen service members, the Gold Star Wives of America was established. This organization aimed to provide similar support and resources to the wives of fallen military personnel. Together, the Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives of America have played significant roles in honoring and remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
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