Gold Star Mothers
Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves
"Gold Star Mothers" during the First World War. Grace Darling Seibold started the Gold Star mothers.
The organization started on June 4,1928 after her son was killed in combat(Luther 12). The Gold Star
Mothers are mothers who lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. She organized a group
consisting solely of these special mothers, with the purpose of not only comforting each other, but
giving loving care to hospitalized veterans confined in government hospitals far from home. In May
1918 President Wilson approved the suggestion of the Women's Committee of National Defenses. It
recommended that American women should wear a black band on the upper left arm, adorned with a
gold star. Each star representing a family member who had given his or her life for their country. This
was suggested of mourning attire. The "star" tradition began in WW I when white Service Flags were
displayed from homes, business, schools and churches to indicate, by the use of a blue star, each active
service member in the U.S. Military.(Jennelle 3).A gold star stitched over a blue star showed the nation
those who had given their lives for their country and the devotion and pride of those left behind. This
tradition continued through WW II. After years of planning,June 4, 1928, 25 mothers met in
Washington, DC to establish the American Gold Star Mothers. The success of this organization
continues because of the bond of woman who share the almost the exact feelings of losing a child from
the war. Today this group is now ran by Mary Beyers the elected president for the Gold Star
mothers(Luther 3).The Gold Star Mother's main goal is to help other mothers with their grief and help
lessen the pain in themselves. Grace darling Seibold born November 14, 1815 died October 20, 1942 is one of
England's best-loved heroines. (Morel 2). Her son, Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, Battling
Aviator, was killed in action during WW1 in 1918. Because of her grief she decided to organize a
special group consisting of only women whose sons lost their lives in military service.Years later on
June 4, 1928,twenty five mothers met in Washington, D.C. The name and
concept of "Gold Star Mothers"came from the practice of Service Flags sometimes called Service
Banners, being hung in windows when the nation had declared war. These banners would display blue
stars for each family member serving in the military and a gold star covering one of the blue stars for
each family member who died in military service.
Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of
September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or
daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. Each year on Gold star mothers day the United
States president calls on all Americans to display the nation's flag and hold meetings to publicly
express their sorrow, towards the Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also
required to display the flag. Gold Star Mother’s Day is not a public holiday in the United States so
public life is not affected.
President Obama shows his care for the Gold Star mothers in his
proclamation in 2011. He states in his speech, “Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable
cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service
to America(Obama 2011). On this day, and every day, we offer them our deep gratitude and respect,
and we are inspired by their strength and determination. “ Now the official Gold star Mothers day is
September 25 proclaimed by President Obama(Obama 2011).
Sigma Nu raises funds for Gold Star Mothers, Sigma Nu is a sister sorority in
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