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      05-22-2012, 01:45 AM   #67
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Originally Posted by cptcrunch
Originally Posted by Bimmerlover76 View Post
Thank you for serving.
I was only in the Air Force college ROTC, but thanks. I'll tell my Dad, friend, Father in Law and Brother in Law, when I visit his grave site in August.

Originally Posted by Scrubber View Post
Nobody will critique you for that sticker. I am sorry for your loss.
Its one of the few stickers I feel necessary to put on my car. To remind everyone, they are enjoying their freedoms because of the sacrifices of others. Unfortunately, only those serving/served know what the gold star represents.
Please educate as to what it represents for you. Much respect!
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Originally Posted by iBeech View Post
Please educate as to what it represents for you. Much respect!
Do a search on Gold Star Mothers.

Here is a brief history of the gold star:

(excerpt from American Legion)

During the First World War, in May 1918, President Woodrow Wilson approved the suggestion of the Women's Committee of National Defenses recommending that American women should wear a black band on the upper left arm adorned with a gold star. Each star representing a family member who had given his or her life for their country. President Woodrow Wilson first used the term "Gold Star Mother" in his Letter to the Women's Committee. Grace D. Seibold, who lost her son, 1st Lieutenant George Seibold, in France, is recognized as the first “Gold Star” mother.

Grace D. Seibold
First Gold Star Mother On June 4, 1928 a group of 25 mothers in Washington, DC, made plans to begin a national organization to be known as “American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.” The nonpolitical and nonprofit organization was incorporated on Jan 5, 1929.

The ninety-eighth U.S. Congress on June 12, 1984, granted the Gold Star Mothers, a Federal Charter. The last Sunday of September has officially been declared Gold Star Mothers Day.

Gold Star Banner
The blue and gold star banner tradition began in WW I when white Service Flags bordered in red were displayed from homes, business, schools and churches to indicate, by the use of a blue star, each active service member in the U.S. Military. A gold star indicated those who had given their lives for their country.

This tradition has continued through World War II, the Korean War and up through the present day
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