Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday in September each year. This is a day set aside to recognize the mothers of the men and women who have died while in service of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Gold Star represents a loved one who died in combat.

It is believed that the representation of the stars began during World War I. During this time, family began to display flags with blue stars to represent having a loved one fighting in the war, many flags had more than one star. At some point, gold stars began going up to signify that the family member in the war had died while on duty. Thus the term “Gold Star Family” or “Gold Star Mother” became a part of the national vocabulary in thanks for the sacrifices of those men and women serving in uniform.

All across the country, there are events, and meetings in order to express gratitude, reverence, and sorrow toward these Gold Star Mothers and their families.

How will you show your gratitude for these families today?