History of Gold Star Families

Gold Star Families is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support to those who have lost a loved one in service to our country through the United States Armed Forces. All family members representing all conflict, all branches of service and all circumstances of death are supported. Family members are referred to as Gold Star, families of the fallen and/or survivors.

Their mission is to offer honor, hope, and healing through remembering fallen heroes by coming together for various events. While their hero paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, survivors live daily with the pain of this sacrifice. Gold Star families endeavor to provide an atmosphere of emotional and psychological conduit for healing. One way they accomplish this is by providing embroidered memorials for every fallen hero to their surviving family members.

Many people do not know the significance of the Gold Star banner and its meaning. Their organization is committed to educating others on this important symbol and how to properly respond when meeting someone who has lost a loved one in service to our country. The name Gold Star came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a service flag in the window of their homes. The service flag had a star for each family member in the United States Armed Forces. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a Gold Star.

Gold Star Families believe in giving back to their families. An annual scholarship is given to a Gold Star family each year. Additionally, a vegetable garden is grown where all the produce is donated to local veterans and their families.

For more information on the Gold Star Families please visit http://www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com/