Sunday, September 27, 2015 1:15 PM

Gold Star Mothers are women who have been changed forever, through the ultimate sacrifice of their sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation. These mothers are an inspiration to all Americans. They exemplify courage, grace and fortitude in the face of incalculable sorrow.


Enacted June 23, 1936, the 74th United States Congress designated "Gold Star Mother's Day" as a national commemoration for the American people to pause and honor the continued service of the Gold Star Mothers.


This year, Gold Star Mother's Day is September 27th. Members will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 1:15 p.m., followed by an observance program on the north side of the Memorial Amphitheater.


During World War I, Americans displayed flags in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each military service member. Families stitched a gold star over the blue one to honor those members who died in military service.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:00 AM

The Veterans Day National Observance is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
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