Shortly after World War I the Gold Star Mothers Club was formed in the United States to provide support for mothers that lost sons or daughters in the war. The name 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 military. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star. Gold Star Mothers are often politically and socially active. Today, membership in the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in service to the United States. On the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mother's Day is observed in the U.S. in their honor. (Wikipedia)
Gold Star Wives Of America, Inc. is an organization of military widows/widowers whose spouse died while on active duty or from service connected disabilities. This military survivors organization has been serving war widows from all conflicts and service connected disabilities since it was founded in 1945. They received a federal charter from Congress on December 4, 1980. (from their website)
Denver Chapter #3 participates in the Blue to Gold Program to honor those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We would like to present a gold star service banner to Colorado families who have lost a child or spouse in the global war on terrorism. For information about the Blue to Gold Program, contact Linda Brooks, [email protected] or at 303-713-1352.
Every year, at the end of September, Blue Star Mothers of Colorado, Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4, sponsor a weekend escape for Gold Star Families in Estes Park, Colorado. To donate to this event, contact Linda Brooks, [email protected] .