Army honors Gold Star Mothers

| September 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Gold Star tradition has been in our country for nearly a century as a reminder of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their nation.

During World War I, flags displayed in homes, businesses, schools and churches bore a blue star for each military service member serving in harm’s way.

A gold star was stitched over the blue one when one of the members of the military had given his or her life for the country.

From this simple expression of community solidarity, Gold Star Mothers — an organization comprised of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in war — was born.

The Army joined all Americans who supported Gold Star Mothers weekend events, Sept. 24-25, to celebrate the memories of lost loved ones and to honor all men and women who serve this great nation.

The weekend was dedicated to women who have been forever changed when their children sacrificed their own lives to keep others free.

The Army is dedicated to providing long-term support throughout the grief process. The Army’s Survivor Outreach Services, or SOS, deliver a coordinated, comprehensive and standardized program that meets survivors’ needs with dedicated resources.

Being a Gold Star Mother is a distinction no mother wants. These women are an inspiration to all Americans because they exemplify courage, grace and fortitude in the face of incalculable sorrow.

The Army, along with the nation, recognizes their courage and maintains its commitment to support them while honoring the legacy of their fallen — our Soldiers.

(Editor’s Note: Information was compiled from Army news releases.)

Survivor Outreach Services

SOS provides long-term support, resources and emotional connections for surviving families of the fallen. Visit www.mwrarmyhawaii.com/survivor-outreach-services, call 438-9285 or email
elisabeth.k.olsen@us.army.mil.

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