American Gold Star Mothers is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the armed forces. Founded shortly after World War I, the group takes its name from the gold star on the Service Flag that represents a family member lost in the line of duty.
Gold Star Mothers dedicate themselves to honoring their deceased children, performing community service, helping veterans, and healing one another. Congress has designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mothers Day, a time to pay respects to these women who show perseverance and grace despite their own loss.
Gold Star Wives, founded in 1945, is an organization of military widows dedicated to honoring the memory of those who died for their country. Gold Star Wives help one another face the future with courage, and aid the widows and children of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice. They also promote principles such as justice, freedom, and democracy.
Blue Star Mothers, founded in 1942, is an organization of women who have or have had children serving in the military. The group takes its name from the blue star on the Service Flag that represents a family member serving in the armed forces. Blue Star Mothers support one another and their children, as well as promote patriotism.