The Gold Star family is one that has experienced a loss of a loved one–an immediate family member who died as the result of military service. Those who have died on duty leave behind parents, siblings, spouses, and children. Those left behind are recognized as Gold Star families.
Gold Star families are not new. The term traces back to World War I when Americans would fly a flag with a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces. The star became gold if the family lost a loved one in the war. Along with the U.S. flag, these family members now receive a lapel pin with a gold star resting on a purple background.
The United States began observing Gold Star Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of September, in 1936. The Gold Star Wives was formed before the end of World War II. The Gold Star Lapel Button was established in August 1947.
Each branch of the US military has its own Gold Star program to help provide enhanced support and outreach for the lifetime of each survivor. Today, the nation recognizes the sacrifice that all Gold Star Family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is the last Sunday of September and Gold Star Spouses Day is April 5.
When you see someone wearing this pin, you know that he or she as lost a loved one who selflessly served our nation.
This lapel pin is the custom keepsake for all that have sacrificed so much and all those that are left behind. This polished bronze lapel pin, imbued with eye-catching purple enamel and given a shiny gold finish.
Each lapel pin measures 1/2 inches (20mm) in diameter.