Gold Star Mothers of Virginia

Gold Star Mothers of Virginia Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our Sons and Daughters alive by working to help veterans, active duty military, and their families.

Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our Sons and Daughters alive by working to help veterans, active duty military, their families.

Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our Sons and Daughters alive by working to help veterans, active duty military, their families.

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RED Friday - Remember Everyone Deployed!Pray for our country and military. God Bless the U.S.A. Land of the FREE, Home o...
10/22/2021

RED Friday - Remember Everyone Deployed!
Pray for our country and military. God Bless the U.S.A. Land of the FREE, Home of the BRAVE!

Psalms 22:27-28 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”

#RedFriday

RED Friday - Remember Everyone Deployed!
Pray for our country and military. God Bless the U.S.A. Land of the FREE, Home of the BRAVE!

Psalms 22:27-28 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”

#RedFriday

Gold Star Mothers History :World War I mothers of sons and daughters in service displayed their BLUE STAR flags with bot...
10/21/2021

Gold Star Mothers History :

World War I mothers of sons and daughters in service displayed their BLUE STAR flags with both pride and concern...knowing their children were in harm's way. The blue star represented both their pride, and their hope. A large part of the program was to initiate whatever efforts they could to some day bring their children safely home.

For more than 60,000 mothers of World War I veterans, hope was shattered. The gold star came to represent the sacrifice their sons made on behalf of freedom. The organization became a rallying point for a support group of grieving mothers, long before anyone had ever heard the term support group.

While many Blue Star Mothers, upon the safe return of their children, could get on with their lives, the Gold Star Mothers could never forget the losses incurred in the war. On June 4, 1928 a group of 25 mothers in Washington, DC began plans for a national organization to be known as the AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS, INC. They incorporated the following January 5th with 65 charter members.

Eleven years after the end of World War I, the United States Congress took an unprecedented step in the history of warfare, giving unusual recognition to the mothers of those killed in that war. In 1929 a law was passed authorizing the Federal Government to disburse funds for these Gold Star Mothers and Widows (whether they belonged to the organization or not), to travel to the battlefields of Europe to visit the burial sites of their loved ones. On February 7, 1930, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover pulled 54 envelopes out of a large silver bowl in the Red Room of the White House. Each envelope contained a card with the name of a state or US Territory. The first state to be drawn was the State of Nebraska, and as each subsequent card was drawn it was handed to the Quartermaster General for disposition.

On May 7th of that same year the first 231 Gold Star Mothers and Widows boarded the S.S. America in New York to visit the sites where their sons or husbands had made the supreme sacrifice for freedom. Over the following 3 years, a total of 6,692 such pilgrimages were made.

It was an unprecedented gesture by a grateful Nation, in recognition of the sacrifices on the home front.

On June 23, 1936 the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 (49 Stat.1895), further recognized the sacrifice of these Gold Star Mothers when it set aside the last Sunday in September of each year as Gold Star Mothers Day, and authorized the President to issue a proclamation in observance of that day.

In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, "There is nothing adequate which anyone in any place can say to those who are entitled to display the gold star in their windows America lives in freedom because of the sacrifices of America's finest citizens and of the mothers who raised them

Gold Star Mothers History :

World War I mothers of sons and daughters in service displayed their BLUE STAR flags with both pride and concern...knowing their children were in harm's way. The blue star represented both their pride, and their hope. A large part of the program was to initiate whatever efforts they could to some day bring their children safely home.

For more than 60,000 mothers of World War I veterans, hope was shattered. The gold star came to represent the sacrifice their sons made on behalf of freedom. The organization became a rallying point for a support group of grieving mothers, long before anyone had ever heard the term support group.

While many Blue Star Mothers, upon the safe return of their children, could get on with their lives, the Gold Star Mothers could never forget the losses incurred in the war. On June 4, 1928 a group of 25 mothers in Washington, DC began plans for a national organization to be known as the AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS, INC. They incorporated the following January 5th with 65 charter members.

Eleven years after the end of World War I, the United States Congress took an unprecedented step in the history of warfare, giving unusual recognition to the mothers of those killed in that war. In 1929 a law was passed authorizing the Federal Government to disburse funds for these Gold Star Mothers and Widows (whether they belonged to the organization or not), to travel to the battlefields of Europe to visit the burial sites of their loved ones. On February 7, 1930, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover pulled 54 envelopes out of a large silver bowl in the Red Room of the White House. Each envelope contained a card with the name of a state or US Territory. The first state to be drawn was the State of Nebraska, and as each subsequent card was drawn it was handed to the Quartermaster General for disposition.

On May 7th of that same year the first 231 Gold Star Mothers and Widows boarded the S.S. America in New York to visit the sites where their sons or husbands had made the supreme sacrifice for freedom. Over the following 3 years, a total of 6,692 such pilgrimages were made.

It was an unprecedented gesture by a grateful Nation, in recognition of the sacrifices on the home front.

On June 23, 1936 the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 (49 Stat.1895), further recognized the sacrifice of these Gold Star Mothers when it set aside the last Sunday in September of each year as Gold Star Mothers Day, and authorized the President to issue a proclamation in observance of that day.

In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, "There is nothing adequate which anyone in any place can say to those who are entitled to display the gold star in their windows America lives in freedom because of the sacrifices of America's finest citizens and of the mothers who raised them

Yep!  We hit $20,000 but we need to keep going!  Chesapeake you will have this memorial before you know it!  If y’all ca...
09/29/2021
Tidewater VA Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Yep! We hit $20,000 but we need to keep going!

Chesapeake you will have this memorial before you know it!

If y’all can help please follow this link! Any amount helps!

Please share it for us if you can!

A new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military is currently being planned in Chesapeake VA.

⭐GOLD STAR FAMILIES⭐ Remembrance Week 🇺🇸For some, every day is MEMORIAL DAY. 🇺🇸You know my heart is with you, each and e...
09/23/2021

⭐GOLD STAR FAMILIES⭐ Remembrance Week 🇺🇸

For some, every day is MEMORIAL DAY. 🇺🇸

You know my heart is with you, each and every day. 💔 I will never, ever, forget your son, daughter, and family member who served our country, so bravely, so selflessly, and without hesitation; who gave their life in service to our great UNITED STATES of AMERICA. 🇺🇸

I will remember them and honor them, in any way and any chance I can. GOD bless each and every ⭐GOLD STAR FAMILY⭐, we may not know them all, but we sure owe them all. 🇺🇸

"If they are remembered, they are not gone truly, they simply change duty assignments and are amongst our very best." 🇺🇸

⭐GOLD STAR FAMILIES⭐ Remembrance Week 🇺🇸

For some, every day is MEMORIAL DAY. 🇺🇸

You know my heart is with you, each and every day. 💔 I will never, ever, forget your son, daughter, and family member who served our country, so bravely, so selflessly, and without hesitation; who gave their life in service to our great UNITED STATES of AMERICA. 🇺🇸

I will remember them and honor them, in any way and any chance I can. GOD bless each and every ⭐GOLD STAR FAMILY⭐, we may not know them all, but we sure owe them all. 🇺🇸

"If they are remembered, they are not gone truly, they simply change duty assignments and are amongst our very best." 🇺🇸

Gold Star Mother’s and Family DayGold Star Mother’s and Family Day falls on September 26, this year and is traditionally...
09/22/2021

Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day
Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day falls on September 26, this year and is traditionally observed on the last Sunday in September. The day is for honoring families of those who have received The Gold Star – the military award no one wants. The award commemorates the tragic death of a military member who has perished while in the line of duty and hopes to provide a level of comfort to the parents and families that are left behind. Since World War 1, a “Gold Star Family” has signified a family that has lost one of its members in combat. The family can display a Gold Star Service Flag for any military family members who have died from any honorable cause – each gold star on the flag signifies a death. Though today only around 1% of the country is involved in military service, as compared to the 12% during other times of war, like World War 2, there are still a significant number of surviving Gold Star families – not to mention, a Gold Star lives on in a family’s legacy.

HISTORY OF GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY DAY
Though the exact roots of the tradition aren’t totally known, it was during World War 1 that the gold star came to symbolize that a family member had fallen in battle. Around that time, the term “Gold Star Family” came to mean that you were a surviving family of a person who died in service and families hung banners with a gold star outside their homes. The tradition has since been authorized and seeks to ease the grief of mothers and families while reminding that no one truly serves alone.

Gradually, there came to be many ways for grieving family members to honor their loved ones with symbols worn or places outside the home. In 1918, President Wilson allowed grieving military mothers to wear a traditional black armband featuring a gold star. Soon after, it was approved for families to cover the blue star on the service flag outside of their home with a gold one. As of 1947, Gold Star family members can also display the Gold Star Lapel.

The American Gold Star Mothers Inc. first got its start in 1917, when Grace Siebold’s son was killed during World War 1. Wanting to create a support system for grieving mothers in similar circumstances, Grace gathered what would become the American Gold Star Mothers to grieve together and tend to hospitalized veterans in local hospitals. The organization was formalized as a non-profit in 1928, with a mission of remembrance, education, and patriotism. Still today, they support Gold Star mothers in their grief, hold an annual conference, and organize events with supporting groups.

Though Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day isn’t observed as a National, federal holiday like Memorial Day, it was declared by Congress in 1936 to be the last Sunday in September – though, at the time, it was only known as “Gold Star Mother’s Day.” It was in 2011 that President Obama amended the declaration, declaring the day to include families as well as mothers. Today, the holiday includes any immediate family member and authorizes that person to display the Gold Star Service Flag.

Today, America is not embroiled in any kind of conflict like World War 1 or 2, and far fewer individuals consider Gold Star heroes and their families – oftentimes, people may think that they don’t know anyone in a Gold Star Family. However, there are many more Gold Star families from previous wars than you may think, and since over 1.3 million people are involved in the military today, it’s possible you know a family that still grieves a recent fallen soldier. Understanding the sacrifice and acknowledging the holiday are the best ways to support the families and honor the soldiers.

Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day
Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day falls on September 26, this year and is traditionally observed on the last Sunday in September. The day is for honoring families of those who have received The Gold Star – the military award no one wants. The award commemorates the tragic death of a military member who has perished while in the line of duty and hopes to provide a level of comfort to the parents and families that are left behind. Since World War 1, a “Gold Star Family” has signified a family that has lost one of its members in combat. The family can display a Gold Star Service Flag for any military family members who have died from any honorable cause – each gold star on the flag signifies a death. Though today only around 1% of the country is involved in military service, as compared to the 12% during other times of war, like World War 2, there are still a significant number of surviving Gold Star families – not to mention, a Gold Star lives on in a family’s legacy.

HISTORY OF GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY DAY
Though the exact roots of the tradition aren’t totally known, it was during World War 1 that the gold star came to symbolize that a family member had fallen in battle. Around that time, the term “Gold Star Family” came to mean that you were a surviving family of a person who died in service and families hung banners with a gold star outside their homes. The tradition has since been authorized and seeks to ease the grief of mothers and families while reminding that no one truly serves alone.

Gradually, there came to be many ways for grieving family members to honor their loved ones with symbols worn or places outside the home. In 1918, President Wilson allowed grieving military mothers to wear a traditional black armband featuring a gold star. Soon after, it was approved for families to cover the blue star on the service flag outside of their home with a gold one. As of 1947, Gold Star family members can also display the Gold Star Lapel.

The American Gold Star Mothers Inc. first got its start in 1917, when Grace Siebold’s son was killed during World War 1. Wanting to create a support system for grieving mothers in similar circumstances, Grace gathered what would become the American Gold Star Mothers to grieve together and tend to hospitalized veterans in local hospitals. The organization was formalized as a non-profit in 1928, with a mission of remembrance, education, and patriotism. Still today, they support Gold Star mothers in their grief, hold an annual conference, and organize events with supporting groups.

Though Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day isn’t observed as a National, federal holiday like Memorial Day, it was declared by Congress in 1936 to be the last Sunday in September – though, at the time, it was only known as “Gold Star Mother’s Day.” It was in 2011 that President Obama amended the declaration, declaring the day to include families as well as mothers. Today, the holiday includes any immediate family member and authorizes that person to display the Gold Star Service Flag.

Today, America is not embroiled in any kind of conflict like World War 1 or 2, and far fewer individuals consider Gold Star heroes and their families – oftentimes, people may think that they don’t know anyone in a Gold Star Family. However, there are many more Gold Star families from previous wars than you may think, and since over 1.3 million people are involved in the military today, it’s possible you know a family that still grieves a recent fallen soldier. Understanding the sacrifice and acknowledging the holiday are the best ways to support the families and honor the soldiers.

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08/25/2021
GoldStars Tribute Wall TM

GoldStars Tribute Wall TM

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2021 - The Last RideTo our extended Some Gave All family –After much difficult discussion, a decision has been made to a...
08/18/2021

2021 - The Last Ride
To our extended Some Gave All family –
After much difficult discussion, a decision has been made to announce that the 15th Annual (2021) Frazier-Mason Some Gave All Memorial Motorcycle Ride will be our last.
As you know, the annual memorial motorcycle ride has been the primary fundraiser for the Some Gave All Foundation over the years. To date, we have been able to provide over $409,000 in aid to support local wounded warfighters from recent conflicts. We are extremely thankful for the success of the rides in meeting our primary goal: to raise funds for service members wounded, disabled, or in need as a result of injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

We could not have done this without such an incredibly supportive community – the countless riders, volunteers, spectators, sponsors, partners, agencies, organizations, and clubs that worked the rides and were generous enough to donate their time, goods and services.

We are extremely humbled by the outpouring of love and support for our veterans and for this organization over the years. Though the rides will no longer be an annual event, the Some Gave All Foundation itself is not going anywhere. We will continue our efforts and team with others to meet our mission – supporting and remembering those heroes lost to the global War on Terror.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, 12 September 2021. We are hoping our 15th and final ride will be the biggest and best yet!
After that, we hope you can join us at future events, held at different venues, but furthering the same primary mission.

- With our deepest love and gratitude,
The Frazier and Mason families

2021 - The Last Ride
To our extended Some Gave All family –
After much difficult discussion, a decision has been made to announce that the 15th Annual (2021) Frazier-Mason Some Gave All Memorial Motorcycle Ride will be our last.
As you know, the annual memorial motorcycle ride has been the primary fundraiser for the Some Gave All Foundation over the years. To date, we have been able to provide over $409,000 in aid to support local wounded warfighters from recent conflicts. We are extremely thankful for the success of the rides in meeting our primary goal: to raise funds for service members wounded, disabled, or in need as a result of injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

We could not have done this without such an incredibly supportive community – the countless riders, volunteers, spectators, sponsors, partners, agencies, organizations, and clubs that worked the rides and were generous enough to donate their time, goods and services.

We are extremely humbled by the outpouring of love and support for our veterans and for this organization over the years. Though the rides will no longer be an annual event, the Some Gave All Foundation itself is not going anywhere. We will continue our efforts and team with others to meet our mission – supporting and remembering those heroes lost to the global War on Terror.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, 12 September 2021. We are hoping our 15th and final ride will be the biggest and best yet!
After that, we hope you can join us at future events, held at different venues, but furthering the same primary mission.

- With our deepest love and gratitude,
The Frazier and Mason families

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Hello from the Virginia War Memorial. I am the director, Clay Mountcastle, and we have a desperate need to help preserve the stories of Virginia's fallen heroes this week at the War Memorial in Richmond. We are filming our newest short documentary: Who They Were: Lives Worth Knowing, that will seek to tell about the lives of a number of those honored here at the War Memorial. We have one more opening for a filmed interview this Thursday, 13 May, and we are hoping to find a surviving family member that would be willing to share the story/memories of their lost loved one. An interview would take less than an hour and would help our tens of thousands of visitors each year know more about who they were; more than just their name. Please let Gold Star Families know about this need, if possible. Anybody interested or willing to help can contact me directly at [email protected]
Share the GoldStarTree.com link with everyone. The in person tree each year is at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa as we honor our local heroes. Please share and post photos and short stories about your military heroes so we can all Honor - Respect - Remember no matter where you’re from. The Official Gold Star Family Tree online Honor - Respect - Remember
GOLD STAR FAMILY Free Access Voucher~ With this voucher, entrance fees for the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and standard amenity recreation fees for Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Forest Service sites will be waived for Gold Star Families
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( 2020 ) 11TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS MEMORIAL TORCH MOTORCYCLE RIDE - A Run to Arlington National Cemetery Eugene, Oregon to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C to honor and pay tribute to America's fallen service members. ( July 12 - August 2, 2020 )
All Gold Star Families are invited and please share. Email if you plan to attend and details to be provided. [email protected]
Hello Gold Star Mothers this is Chico from End 22. Many of you know me and some don't but I have a question for you. Im looking for a Single Mother that has lost their child by either KIA or by Su***de. I have a mother that needs what I would call a Battle Buddy Mom. Someone she can talk to of the struggles of doing this journey alone. Her son was a Vet and took his life. She isn't in our State so it would be just via the phone. Thank You all for what you do for all of us.