Honoring families of fallen military members; today is ‘Gold Star Spouses Day’

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Gold Star Spouses Day

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Today, April 5th, the nation pauses in honor of Gold Star Spouses Day.

It’s a tradition first celebrated in December of 2010 through a Senate resolution with support from the Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.


Blue and Gold Star Service Flags (Image: http://www.armymwr.com)

Gold Star and Next of Kin Pins (Image: www.armymwr.com)

Gold Star and Next of Kin Pins (Image: http://www.armymwr.com)

Military family members become “gold star” families by having their loved one killed while serving in the military. You may be able to identify family members by the gold star flag seen on display in a house or vehicle. Personally, they may wear a Next of Kin Pin.

You can learn more about the significance in the different colors at armymwr.com.

Kerrie Branson, the Survivor Outreach Services coordinator at Redstone Arsenal, spoke with The Redstone Rocket about the importance of today.

“The widows in North Alabama are very courageous women that always amaze me. They have been dealt a horrible and unexpected tragedy so young in life, and they have continued to fight to move forward in a way that always continues to honor their late husbands.

“Some are remarried, some have new relationships, most have children – some young and some in college – but these ladies always find a way to be strong even when things are rough. When they fall down they get back up. When things go wrong they fight to make them right. They always remember and move forward in a way that honors their fallen hero.”

SOS will hold its Gold Star Spouses Day event Saturday, April 9, beginning with Connected Warrior Yoga – trauma-conscious yoga therapy – followed by lunch and a guest speaker.

For more information or to RSVP, Gold Star spouses should call Branson at Army Community Service, 256-876-5397.