National Gold Star Mothers Day
National Gold Star Mothers Day:
Celebrated annually on the last Sunday of September, Gold Star Mothers Day is observed to honor the mothers who have lost their son or daughter while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States!
|2022||25th September||Sunday||United States|
|2023||24th September||Sunday||United States|
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Why National Gold Star Mothers Day?
Since WWI, military families have had a custom of displaying the service flag in their front windows. The star on each flag represented the family members working in the U.S. armed forces. The living member was represented in a blue star, and the members killed in the line of duty were honored with a gold star and thus originated the title of Gold Star Mothers.
Sometimes, the gold star is worn as a pin by the Gold Star mothers but not limited to mothers!
It was in 1918, that President Woodrow Wilson authorized the wearing of black bands with a gilt star by the family members who has lost their loved ones in their military duty. This served as a significant distinction for those whose family members were presently serving in the US military.
In 1929, the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (AGSM, Inc.) was established with a federal charter from the US Congress. It started with just 25 mothers from the Washington DC region and soon grew to include many affiliated groups across the nation.
Since then every year on the last Sunday in September, the President of the United States encourages everyone to display the nation’s flag and partake in the sorrow, reverence, and love towards Gold Star Mothers and their families.
The AGSM, Inc. helps organize significant events on or around Gold Star Mother’s Day each year.
This day is celebrated to pay tribute to the Gold Star Mothers and their families for their contributions, commitments, and sacrifices for our nation. This day also encourages us to be empathetic and supportive to the families that have lost their loved ones in the line of duty.
How Can We Observe National Gold Star Mothers Day?
Visit Gold Star Mothers In Your Family or Community!
If you know any Gold Star Mothers in your family or your community, visit them often and help them to heal. Depending on their needs you could support them by offering to do certain chores for them, help them financially, help them seek therapy, or help them by simply listening to them!
Partake or Encourage Membership in AGSM, Inc.
If you are a Gold Star Mother, or if you know a Gold Star Mother, do encourage them to become a member of Gold Star Mothers, Inc. to enjoy the support and solace from other Gold Star Mothers.
Volunteer For AGSM, Inc.
You could celebrate the day, week, or month, by actively partaking as a Volunteer for Gold Star Mothers Inc. You could volunteer to help them in their various outreach and awareness programs to support Gold Star Mothers out there!
Raise Funds For AGSM, Inc.
You could also help the Gold Star Mothers Inc. by raising funds for their various causes!
Show Support For Gold Star Mothers on Social Media
Use your social media profile or page to spread awareness about Gold Star Mothers and share ideas through which people can show love and support for them today and every day! Use #NationalGoldStarMothersDay and #GoldStarMothersDay to share your thoughts today!
Organize A Ceremony Or An Event In your Community
You could also honor the Gold Star Mothers and their families via special ceremonies or events to commemorate the sacrifices of their children and individuals in the family!
Get Inspired By The Presidential Speech!
Don’t miss out on the President’s Inspiring Speech honoring our lost soldiers and their families!
Interesting Facts About National Gold Star Mothers Day:
Here are some interesting facts surrounding National Gold Star Mothers Day!
- Grace Darling Seibold founded the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. with twenty-four other mothers in Washington D.C. on June 4, 1928.
- American Gold Star Inc. is a private nonprofit organization
- Any woman who has lost their son or daughter in active service in the U.S. military can become a member of the American Gold Star Inc. And they should be a citizen or a legal resident of the U.S.
History of National Gold Star Mothers Day:
It was on June 23, 1936, that the National Gold Star Mothers Day was approved to be observed on the last Sunday in September through a joint congressional resolution. It is not a public holiday.