Purple Heart Foundation

Gold Star Mother’s Day: Remember the Fallen and Their Loved Ones


This past Sunday, September 24th the country observed Gold Star Mother’s Day. The day is intended to recognize and honor those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 1936, the 74th Congress declared that the last Sunday in September will be known as Gold Star Mother’s Day, and it is the duty of the President to request its observance. The name ‘Gold Star Mothers’ was derived from the custom of military families to put a service flag near their front window during World War I. The flag featured a star for each family member serving, living members were denoted in blue, and gold stars symbolized a family member who died in the line of duty.

Every mother that sends their child off to war has a fear their loved one will not return. Unfortunately for some that nightmare becomes reality, and they share a similar story to Candy Martin:

This past Sunday, many events occurred across the country to honor fallen service members and their mothers. Fulfilling his duty, the United States President Donald Trump called on all Americans to display the nation’s flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings were also required to display the flag. This year on September 10th, the Miss America Pageant honored twelve mothers whose sons were killed while serving. The moms were put up and pampered at casinos, met Pentagon officials, and honored on stage at Boardwalk Hall before the nationally televised finale began.

There is nothing in this world that could bring a loved one back, but the Purple Heart Foundation is dedicated to helping the dependents of fallen servicemen, ALL veterans, and their families. Nearly 90% of cash donations the Purple Heart Foundation receive provides funds for programs that help the National Service Officer Program, the Scholarship program, as well as other programs. You can show your appreciation to the brave men and women who give their lives for our freedom by donating here.