What is a Gold Star Family
The U.S. Department of Defense issues Gold Star Lapel Buttons to immediate family members of a fallen member of the military.
The pins, featuring a gold star on a purple circular background, are worn by spouses, parents, and children of service members killed in the line of duty.
The Gold Star Lapel Button also referred to as the Gold Star pin, is distributed to members of the immediate family (spouse, child, and parent) of a fallen servicemember by the Department of Defense.
The pin is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for service members who have lost their lives in a conflict or in support of certain military operations.
The Gold Star has also appeared on flags, as was popular during WWII, which families would hang in the window to indicate that a loved one had been killed overseas.
Gold Star Families, those included in this Registry, are individuals who have received the Gold Star Lapel Button from the Department of Defense for the sacrifice of their loved one.
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OUR MISSION & ABOUT US
As America marks the Centennial Anniversary of the armistice ending World War I (November 11, 2018), a number of Gold Star Families organizations are supporting this effort to identify and recognize America’s oldest surviving Gold Star family members.
In the spring of 2017, the Veterans Administration issued a report noting that nearly 1500 “Children” of World War I veterans were receiving Dependent Benefits. It is possible that some of those ‘Children’ lost their fathers on the battlefields of WWI, and are considered Gold Star Children.
Our quest is to identify any of those who may be the oldest of America’s Gold Star family members…Read More
Remembering World War I, Yesterday and Today
For the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering WWI in April 2017, the US National Archives launched Remembering WWI, an iPad and Android application that invites audiences to explore, collaborate, and engage with the Archives’ extensive collection of World War I moving and still images.