Sunday is Gold Star Mother’s Day

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)


Cross-posted at Daily Kos and MyDD


The last Sunday in September, according to federal statute, is Gold Star Mother’s Day:

(a) Designation.- The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day.

(b) Proclamation.- The President is requested to issue a proclamation calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag and hold appropriate meetings at homes, churches, or other suitable places, on Gold Star Mother’s Day as a public expression of the love, sorrow, and reverence of the people for Gold Star Mothers.

For those who do not know, a Gold Star mom is one who has lost a son or daughter in military service.

I was reminded of this mostly overlooked solemn occasion when I checked the VFW wall calendar which hangs in my kitchen.

It is shameful that ball players and pop singers are given vast attention, while Gold Star moms receive little.  Given the large numbers of Gold Star mothers and other Gold Star family members who have been created this year, and the many more who will receive Gold Stars, I think it is crucial that they be given appropriate and timely recognition.

You may want to reflect on how you could observe this day and those it represents.

You may also want to contact your members of Congress, and see if this occasion has slipped from their consciousness, and  ask how they intend to pay tribute to Gold Star moms and to solemnize Gold Star Mother’s Day.


  1. refused to let the media even take pictures when the remains of US soldiers were flown into Dover AFB, and even though those restrictions have been eased somewhat, the US largely ignores the return of their sacrificed military members.

    Meanwhile, Italy pays tribute to the six soldiers killed in Kabul:

    “…In Italy, politicians of all parties, including President Giorgio Napolitano, as well as thousands of citizens, paid tribute on Monday to six soldiers killed in a car bombing in Kabul on Thursday.”

    In 2008, when 10 French troops were killed in Afghanistan, French President Nicholas Sarkozy presided over a ceremony to honor the 10 French soldiers killed in Afghanistan..:

    Flanked by French Prime Minister Fran├žois Fillon and his cabinet ministers…Sarkozy…hailed the “valour, courage, comradeship and solidarity” of the soldiers…

    France has been in mourning after Tuesday’s incident, the worst for any single coalition country in Afghanistan since 2002…

    Sadly, here, the Gold Star mothers (and fathers, and spouses, and children) see very little in the way of public acknowledgment of their terrible loss, outside of their immediate community.  I’ll contact my Congress members as you suggest.

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