In observance of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day this Sunday, we would like to take the time to remember the surviving mothers and families, and honor the legacy of their loved ones who died while serving our country.
Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day
During World War I, military family households would put a Service Flag in the windows of their homes. The Service Flag would have a deep Blue Star and/or a Gold Star for each family member that was serving our country. A Blue Star represented those who were alive and a Gold Star honored those who had lost their life.
In 1928, twenty-five mothers who resided in Washington, D.C., created a national organization known as American Gold Star Mother’s Inc. In 1936, the last Sunday in September was designated as the Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.
Loss and Grief
There are many emotions that come with grief after the loss of a loved one. The Cooperative Extension System is there to help with support by offering resources to help cope. Here are a few:
- Loss and Grief – Grief Comes With Many Emotions
- Coping with loss
- Loss and Grief – Activities to Help You Grieve
For more information and resources to help cope with the loss of a loved one, connect with your local Cooperative Extension.