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.
- Explanation of the day in the Attleboro, Massachusetts Sun-Chronicle
- “Honor and Sacrifice: Local Gold Star Mother Ruth Ann Van De Giesen shares her experience,” George W. Rhodes The Sun Chronicle, September 27, 2018
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