Gold Star Family Recognition and Honor Luncheon 2023
Join us on November 9, 2023 at our Gold Star Family Recognition and Honor Luncheon
Guest Speaker: The Honorable Mike Foreman
Mayor of The City of Friendswood, Former Astronaut, and Retired Naval Aviator
The phrase Gold Star Family dates back to World War I when military families displayed service flags featuring a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the Armed Forces. The star’s color would be changed to gold if the family lost a loved one in the war, hence the term Gold Star Family.
Individual military family members who lost a loved one also started to be referred to as “Gold Star Wives,” “Gold Star Mothers,” etc.
The organization, a membership-based organization devoted to keeping the memory deceased service members alive by working to help the military community, is located in Washington, D.C., and still operates today.
A few years later, in 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt built upon this growing movement to honor the mothers of deceased service members and designated the last Sunday of September as National Gold Star Mother’s Day the last Sunday of September. Today, we still celebrate National Gold Star Mother’s Day.