Gold Star Mothers Day 2018 – Fly your flags, Sunday, September 30


Gold Star Families Memorial in Bronte, Texas, with flag framed in the cutout of a soldier. Photo from KSAN TV

Gold Star Families Memorial in Bronte, Texas, with flag framed in the cutout of a soldier. Photo from KSAN TV and the Concho Valley homepage.

In wars in the 20th century, mothers with children serving in the military put a red-trimmed, white flag with a blue star in the middle, in their windows to show their child was off at war. Blue Star Mothers.

If that child died, the blue star was replaced with a gold star. Blue Star Mothers became Gold Star Mothers.

On the last Sunday of September we fly our U.S. flags in honor of those mothers of fallen soldiers, and the soldiers’ families, for Gold Star Mothers Day. In 2018, that is September 30.

So, everyone should fly a U.S. flag on Sunday, if you can.

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4 Responses to Gold Star Mothers Day 2018 – Fly your flags, Sunday, September 30

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    It’s a commercial suggestion — from a brewery, I think — but still a good idea. On Instagram:

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    Many years ago I came up with an idea to called Gold Star Toast to recognize families on Gold Star Mother's Day and Gold Star Family Day. "National Gold Star Mother’s Day, also known as National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, is observed annually on the last Sunday in September. National Gold Star Mother’s Day was created to recognize and honor those that have lost their son or daughter while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces." I had TWO goals. #1 – Allow the Gold Star families to tell their stories about their loved one who had been killed in action serving our country. #2 – Educate and Drive Awareness to this amazing community of people who continue to give day in and day out while serving others. To these amazing families that I've cried, laughed and listened a lot. Not about "how" their son or daughter was killed but who their son or daughter was. It's not about how they died, it's about how they lived. While this last Sunday in September is the "official" day to honor our Gold Star families, it's Gold Star Mother and Gold Star Family day every day for them. Please do me a favor, raise your morning coffee, raise your ice tea at lunch, pint of beer or a glass of wine, please raise it to them. This is just another reason why I'm launching http://www.onefamilybrewing.com these families truly taught me, "We don't have to be blood related to be family" This amazing community truly defines One Family. Love you all and remember while I might not be wearing the same shirt I've worn for years or carrying the business card anymore, nothing has changed. I'm just playing for a much bigger team and purpose. #neverforget always #remember #OneFamily ❤️🇺🇸

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Sunday is international translation day, too. You don’t need to fly the U.S. flag for the day, because you’re already flying it for Gold Star Mothers, right?

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    I sorta like it.

    It reminded me of the great memorial done to the fall of the Berlin Wall by Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, Edwina Sandys. The cutouts leave negative space, and sometimes that can be very powerful.

    Here’s Sandys’s work, partly at the FDR library:

    https://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/berlin-wall-in-the-u-s-the-fdr-library/

    And here, at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, the rest of the wall Sandys used.

    http://streamingmuseum.org/breakthrough/

    (A photo from the explanation here)

    I think this is a sculpture best seen in person; you need to walk around the wall, and look through the spaces that are cut out, and then it hits you that this wall divided a people unjustly, and deserved to fall.

    There are a few other Gold Star Mother memorials around. I probably should do a post on them, too.

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  4. That is a very unusual memorial in Bronte.

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