Every year on the last Sunday in September we honor the mothers, fathers, and families of fallen service members with Gold Star Mother's and Family Day.
During World War I, Army Captain Robert L. Queissner lost his two sons who were serving on the from lines. Captain Queissner created what is known today as the Service Flag. The flag, with a blue star, was displayed to represent a family member serving in the military during times of war. Then in 1918, President Wilson approved a request from the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defenses that any mother who had lost a child serving in a war would wear a gold star on the traditional black mourning flag. This gold star recognition led to the tradition of replacing the blue star on the Service Flag, with a gold one to indicate that a family member had died in the line of duty.
Today we to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter who served our country.