FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2017) – The U.S. Army’s Gold Star program is designed to meet the needs of families who have been touched by the loss of a soldier. It is the custom for the Army to observe National Gold Star Mother’s Day, and Fort Benning held the annual Gold Star Mothers Brunch at the Benning Club to honor local Gold Star family members.
Mothers in attendance got the chance to see old friends and meet new ones. They shared stories about their children and their service and sacrifice. Altogether, these mothers shared mutual sympathy with one another.
“Those are the ladies that you can build those relationships with,” said Marian Findley, a Gold Star Mother. “Those are the ladies that you can call on in those days when it is a hard day.”
Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue, Infantry School commandant, delivered the keynote remarks. He sat among the mothers and listened to their debates over tea and grits. He said that Maneuver Center of Excellence Commanding General, Major General Eric Wesley, wanted mothers to leave the event knowing how important they are to the Army and to the Fort Benning community.
“It is absolute imperative that we always take care of you all and honor you all for everything that you have done, for raising incredible children, and for letting us bring them into our lives with all the incredible things that they did for all of us here and our nation,” said Donahue.
The star tradition began in World War I when white service flags were displayed from homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the Armed Forces. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star.
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