SOS tea party to honor Gold Star Mothers at ACS

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Jennifer R. Koranyi
Survivor Outreach Services; Army Community Service;
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

FORT SHAFTER — Gold Star Mothers Day is Sept. 25.

Survivor Outreach Services, or SOS, will honor Gold Star Mothers with a tea party, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 23, at the Fort Shafter Army Community Service, located at the Aloha Center, Building 330, here.

SOS is part of ACS, in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

A Gold Star Mother is any mother whose son or daughter died in military service to the U.S.

Gold Star Mothers wear a lapel button that contains a gold star on a purple background to signify their loss was while the service member was in action, or a gold star on a gold background, to signify the loss was active duty noncombat related.

The history of Gold Star Mother’s Day goes back to 1928, when mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation organized American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. to support each other. The name comes from the service flag that has a star representing each family member serving in the military. A blue star represents each living service member. A gold star is superimposed over a blue star to represent those who have lost their lives in service.

U.S. Congress designated the last Sunday of September as Gold Star Mother’s Day, June 23, 1936, in honor and recognition of those mothers.

Gold Star Mothers Tea Party

Gold Star Mothers are invited to attend a tea; RSVP to 438-9285.

Honor Gold Star Mothers and participate in a Gold Star Mother’s Day Luminary Initiative, Sept. 25. To learn more, visit www.goldstarmoms.com.

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