Gold Star Mother's Day

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Gold Star Mother's Day

Last Sunday in September
Since 1936 the last Sunday in September has been designated by the U.S. Congress as Gold Star Mother's Day in the United States, honoring the mothers of U.S. service men and women who have died at war. The Gold Star mothers' group was founded in the aftermath of World War I by Grace Darling Siebold, whose son George had been killed in an air battle over France in 1918. She found solace in volunteering at a hospital for wounded veterans and in meeting with the mothers of other soldiers who were killed in the war. The group, officially the American Gold Star Mothers, incorporated itself in Washington, D.C., in 1928 with 25 founding members. The organization took its name from the customary symbol used to denote a family member killed in action during the First World War. Families with active service personnel hung banners in their windows with blue stars signaling the number of family members who were in service. If one was killed, the blue star was replaced by a gold star.
As of 2008, the group counted nearly 1,000 mothers among its membership. Each year Gold Star Mother's Day is commemorated during several ceremonies in the nation's capital, including flower and wreath laying services at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The American Gold Star Mothers' national convention coincides with Gold Star Mother's Day, and includes a banquet and a reception for veterans at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
CONTACTS:
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
2128 Leroy Pl. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-265-0991; fax: 202-265-6963
www.goldstarmoms.com
SOURCES:
PatHols-2006, p. 254