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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Gold Star

Elizabeth Wright

Our Gold Star theme this year is “Celebrating the lives of our Gold Star Members.”

A Gold Star member is an immediate family member(s) of a fallen service member who died in service to his or her country. You can recognize Gold Star families as those displaying the Gold Star Service Flag. In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense issues Gold Star lapel pins to immediate family members of a fallen service member. These pins are worn by spouses, parents, and children of service members killed in the line of duty and contain a gold star on a purple circular background.

Units are encouraged to honor their Gold Star members throughout the year. Some ideas to honor these members include purchasing the Gold Star flag and/or lapel pins, paying the member’s dues for a year, or honoring their loved one with a dedicated service project. Get creative in honoring these special members this year.

Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost any family member in service to their country. This year it will be on Sunday, September 29.

The following are the Department and personal awards for this year. Be watching in the ALA Today for the following information:

Starr’s Heartwarmers Plaque: Units, please select and nominate a Gold Star Member of the Year. The entry is a narrative, not to exceed 1,000 words, and must be signed by the Unit President. Entry must include eligibility, offices and chairmanships held, and other outstanding qualities which explain why your Unit believes your Gold Star member should receive this award. Entries need to be send to Department Chairman by May 15, 2019.

$10.00 personal award to the unit submitting the best Gold Star report: Units are encouraged to be unique in honoring these families this year. Please include all activities in your reports. Entries need to be sent to the Department Chairman by May 15, 2019.

$10.00 to the Auxiliary member submitting the best original Gold Star Poem: Members should get creative to write and submit an original poem with a Gold Star theme. Entries need to be sent to the Department Chairman by May 15, 2019.

As you plan your year’s events, please remember to honor your Gold Star members.