This Sunday September 26 is Gold Star Families Day.
The roots of National Gold Star Family Day go back more than a century. During World War I, American families who sent a loved one to war often flew a flag bearing a blue star outside their homes. If their loved one fell in battle, the blue star was changed to gold. Often, mothers of the fallen wore a black armband bearing a gold star.
In 1918, a group called American Gold Star Mothers began to take shape when Grace Siebold learned that her son, aviator George Siebold, had died in combat. By then, Grace already volunteered at hospitals, ministering to wounded veterans. Now she began supporting other mothers of the fallen as well.
Ten years later, Grace and a small group of Gold Star moms met in Washington, D.C., to officially launch American Gold Star Mothers. Beginning in 1936, the United States began observing “Gold Star Mother’s Day” on the final Sunday in September. In 2011, President Barack Obama extended the observance to include not only moms, but Gold Star Families.
This Sunday, September 26th, and every day, we should honor our Gold Star Families and thank them for their loved one’s service and sacrifice. These families have given the most precious gift and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.
From the Texas Panhandle War Memorial to our Gold Star Families, we honor the ultimate sacrifice you have made and please know that your warrior is not forgotten.
We invite you to visit our museum or visit our navigators Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our telephone number is 806-350-8387. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website www.TexasPanhandleWarMemorial.com
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