"The blue star has turned to gold by the ultimate sacrifice of one serving and protecting"
The Gold Star theme this year is “The blue star has turned to gold by the ultimate sacrifice of one serving and protecting.”
A Gold Star member is a mother, wife, daughter or sister who has had a loved one die while in service to his/her country during the eligibility dates for the American Legion. “Death while in service” means there is no separation between “killed in combat” and “dying” so long as death is not caused by the individual’s own willful misconduct.
Units are encouraged to remember their Gold Star members throughout the year. A few suggestions are:
• Present them with a Gold Star pin and/or Gold Star banner
• Pay their dues annually
• Hold a Gold Star dinner or tea in their honor. Be sure to involve the local community.
• Send a note or card on the anniversary of the death of their loved one to show you haven’t forgotten their loss
• Invite them to attend the Gold Star Banquet in July and pay for their dinner
• Honor Gold Star Mothers on Gold Star Mother’s Day, which is the last Sunday in September (September 25, 2016)
A photo gallery of Gold Star members will be displayed at the Gold Star Banquet in July. Units are asked to please send me a copy of a 5 x 7 or a 4 x 6 photo of each Unit Gold Star member. A detailed form needs to be filled out and sent with the photo by May 8, 2017.
The Department award for the Gold Star program is Starr’s Heartwarmer’s Plaque.
The entry is a narrative, not to exceed 1,000 words, and must be signed by the Unit President. Entry must include eligibility, offices held, chairmanships held, and your candidate’s outstanding qualities to be awarded the Gold Star Member of the Year award.
A personal award of $10.00 will go to the Auxiliary member submitting the best original Gold Star Poem. Entries are due to me by May 8, 2017.