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.