Gold Star Spouses Day
Reported By RET C.Brock
Image Credit: US Army
April 5th marks Gold Star Spouses Day, a date set to recognize and honor those who have lost a husband or wife in combat.
From the earliest days of our nation to the present day, each generation of Americans has had to confront aggression and protect our freedoms in war. And in the process of these conflicts, many people have mourned the death of a spouse.
The tradition of families displaying a gold star in a window after the loss of a loved one in combat dates back to World War I.
The Department of Defense directed the observation of Gold Star Spouses Day in 2010. Two years later, the United States Congress officially recognized the date.
Gold Star Wives of America provides support and advocacy to widows and widowers of military spouses. Today, local chapters held ceremonies honoring the losses of military families during war.
The Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit honor the sacrifices that fighting men and women–and their families–have made for this country for centuries. Marne remembers.