No one wants or chooses to be a Gold Star Family member. Those that do carry the title are families of military service men and women who have died in the line of duty. In recognizing them we help to honor the service member’s ultimate sacrifice while acknowledging their family’s loss, grief and continued healing.
The Gold Star Lapel Button was established in 1947. It is a gold star on a field of purple surrounded by laurel leaves and can only be worn by the immediate family (mother, father, spouse, brother, sister, son, daughter (also includes step parents and half siblings)) of service members killed in combat.
The Next of Kin Lapel Button was approved in 1973. It is a gold star on a gold background surrounded by four oak sprigs and can only be worn by the immediate family (mother, father, spouse, brother, sister, son, daughter (also includes step parents and half siblings)) of service members who lost their lives while serving on active duty or while serving in a drill status as a member of the National Guard or Reserves but not KIA.
A grass routes effort that started in Alabama soon found the momentum and the voices it needed to further acknowledge and recognize Gold Star Sons and Gold Star Daughters. As a result a national bi-partisan resolution was passed in late July of 2021 officially recognizing 01 August as National Gold Star Children's Day. More information can be found in the links below.
To find out more about the Gold Star Designation please visit https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF11200.pdf
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced a resolution on 20 July 2021 that would designate August 1, 2021, as Gold Star Children’s Day to recognize the sacrifices of the children of fallen servicemembers. To date, there has been no nationally-recognized day to honor Gold Star Children. For more information click on the below link.
On 23 July 2021 Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution expressing support for the designation of August 1, 2021, as Gold Star Children’s Day to recognize the sacrifices of the children of fallen servicemembers. The initiative is co-led by Rep. Young Kim (R-CA), with Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Trent Kelly (R-MS) joining as original cosponsors.
State of Alabama Senate Joint Resolution No. 96 adopted by the Legislature of Alabama on 22 April 2021, Act No. 2021-316
Senator Jabo Waggoner presenting Eric Fort with a copy of the Resolution.
City of Helena, AL Proclamation
Mayor Brian Puckett and City Councilwoman Leigh Hulsey present the Proclamation to Gold Star Son Eric Fort and Gold Star Daughters Kym Rollan and Peytonne Murphy
Gold Star daughter Diane Moore of Biloxi (at right) with a fellow Gold Star Daughter from Gulfport, and Keesler AFB Community Readiness Specialist Holly Fisher. (Courtesy Jackie Clark Pope/FACEBOOK)
Diane Moore was instrumental in gaining awareness for not only the State of Mississippi to pass this proclomation but also getting National legislation introduced.