If these stories don’t break your heart, something’s wrong with you: the other story of the cost of our freedom:
Not only mothers: “… the scary part of the process is not that time right after everything happens, cause there’s people around all the time … the harder time is the after, when they go back to the life as they knew it, and you don’t have that life to go back to …
Gold Star kids and mothers: “… just be among others that get it and understand without really even having to talk about it … it’s kind of nice …
Overton County News, Overton County, Tennessee
National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day will be observed locally Sunday, Sept. 29.
Gold Star families date back to World War I when families whose members went off to war displayed a white flag with a red border and a blue star for every family member who was serving. The blue star was replaced with a gold star when a family member died during their service to our country. The gold stars on the flag allowed the community to know that the family had paid a price in the cause of freedom. Eventually, these families became known as Gold Star Families.
In the 2018 Presidential Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, President Donald Trump stated, “We will never forget those who nobly gave their lives in service to our country. Today, we pay tribute to these brave men and women in uniform by honoring the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who have wounds in their hearts that will never be fully healed. We will continue to support them as they supported our country by selflessly sharing their loved ones for the noble cause of freedom. Let us pledge our deep and everlasting respect and gratitude to our Gold Star families.”
Idaho County Free Press
Guest column: Honoring Gold Star families
By Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho 11 hrs ago
The sacrifices families make when their loved ones serve in our nation’s Armed Forces are incredibly understated. Military families raise children and hold together households while their loved ones are far from home. They endure sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones serving in harm’s way. And, if their loved ones are killed in service to our country, these extraordinary families, recognized as Gold Star families, have to carry on with the memories of their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers in their hearts. They shoulder the price paid for the defense of our freedoms and the safety of Americans at home and abroad.
Other views | Remember our prisoners of war, missing in action, Gold Star Mothers
By Steve Bates Sep 5, 2019
“Friday, Sept. 20, is POW/MIA Recognition Day. This special day and the POW/MIA flag are symbolic of our nation’s resolve to never leave our warriors behind. Our armed forces will look for the missing until they are accounted for.
Sunday, Sept. 29, is Gold Star Mother’s Day. A Gold Star Mother is one who lost a son or daughter while serving their nation in times of war or conflict. These two special days have a great deal in common.
On Sept. 20, and Sept. 29, we should all stop and ponder the losses of our American families through the years. After all, these losses and sacrifices were made to protect our nation. Through the years, about 1 million brave warriors lost their American Dream so that we could live ours.”
Event to honor Gold Star Mothers on Sunday
Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:00 pm
The Vietnam Veterans of America Utica Chapter 944 will host a wreath laying ceremony in honor of National Gold Star Mothers’ Day at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Gold Star Mothers’ monument located within the veterans’ brick walkway at the Captain George A. Wood Postal Facility, 100 Pitcher St., Utica.
The local 30-minute ceremony will consist of the presentation of the colors, the playing of the National Anthem, chaplain’s prayer and recognition of Gold Star Mothers and their families.
I didn’t like putting this at the very end, where people may not see it. But the sacrifices and the pain of those left behind is heartbreaking, and I did not want it to seem as if I was minimizing their pain.
Keeping memories of the fallen alive is right, and just, and good, for America as well as for those who remain. But there is something better, and without that something better, even memories will ultimately turn into bitterness. This is what makes the difference:
What Paul wrote here was not written in a theological university. Paul was writing to friends and families who were grieving the loss of those they loved. Paul’s heart grieved with them. He was not made of stone. Neither is God:
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same manner God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words!” (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)
So I say to anyone who doubts the truth of salvation through faith in Jesus, make sure. Find out. Read the New Testament and think about it. Ask the God of the Bible to show you the truth about Jesus. Don’t stop questioning and reading until you are sure of the truth. You can’t afford to be wrong about this.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:67)