Gold Star Mother’s Day

The DAV Honors our Gold Star Mothers.

WHAT IS A GOLD STAR FAMILY?

A Gold Star Family is the immediate family member(s) of a fallen service member who died while serving in a time of conflict.

HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE A GOLD STAR FAMILY?

A Gold Star Family can display a Gold Star Service Flag for service members who were killed or died, while serving in the Armed Forces, from causes other than dishonorable. The number of gold stars on the flag corresponds to with the number of individuals who were killed or died. A gold star is placed over the blue star on a Blue Star Service Flag so that the blue forms a border and creates GoldStar Service Flag. The U.S. Department of Defense also issues Gold Star lapel pins to immediate family members of a fallen service member of the military. These pins are worn by spouses, parents, and children of service members killed in the line of duty and contain a gold star on a purple circular background.

WHO CREATED THE GOLD STAR SERVICE FLAG?

President Wilson authorized a suggestion made by the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defenses, that mothers who had lost a child who served in the war could wear a traditional black mourning armband with a gold gilt star in 1918. This approval led to the tradition of a gold star covering the blue star on the Service flag to show that the service member had passed. It’s believed Wilson coined the term “Gold Star Mother.”

May God continually bless you all.