Gold Star Luminary Initiative
Gold Star Family Day: September 25, 2016
The mission of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative is to promote awareness of Gold Star Family Day and urge organizations and individuals in communities throughout the United States to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday of each September in honor of our fallen heroes.
For the Families of our Fallen Heroes
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
—John 15:13 (NIV)
It could be argued that an even greater love does exist; that of a parent for their child. Tragically, in the last decade, almost 7,000 families have been forced to deal with the utterly devastating heartbreak that accompanies that love as their children laid down their lives for their country.
Most of us have not experienced this tragedy. Most of us never will. We can't relate personally or begin to imagine what that must be like. What we can do, however, is honor and recognize these families. We can thank them for the sacrifices they and their children have made on our behalf. We can let them know that, no matter what, we support and stand behind them as a country and that, if even just for a day, their burden is our burden too.
Gold Star Family Day is September 25, 2016
We ask that you light a luminary on Gold Star Family Day. Please pledge your support of this special day and encourage your community to light luminaries, honoring members of all branches of the service, including those who have lost the fight after struggling to reintegrate into civilian life. Our goal is to have as many communities as possible in each state support the families of our fallen heroes. There is power in numbers and together we can show Gold Star families that we are a grateful nation.
We are so grateful for the amazing event you planned for Gold Star Family Day. The loss and pain will always be there, but to be reminded of why our fallen heroes sacrificed so much, is very meaningful. Thank you.
-The Family of Sergeant Phillip Anderson