WASHINGTON-- On Sunday, the nation and the Army salute Gold Star Mothers who have lost sons or daughters while fighting America's wars.
"Gold Star Mothers Day" was created by Congress in 1936 to honor women whose children were taken from them due to war.
In a tri-signed letter to the Army, the Secretary of the Army along with the Chief of Staff and Sergeant Major, talked about the important legacy Gold Star Mothers and family members carry:
"The Gold Star Mothers, as well as all family members who bear the enormous burden of loss, will always be cherished members of our great Army family. We maintain our commitment to support these families while honoring the legacy of our fallen Soldiers."
The Army's Survivor Outreach Services gives mothers and family members access to support groups and counseling which are provided at the closest location to where they live. This service is available as long as they desire.
The Army says program works with more than 56,000 survivors, which not only includes Gold Star Mothers, but spouses, and other family members, including children.
In Washington D.C. Sunday, memorial events will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Army leaders encourage Soldiers, their families, and Army civilians to take time to remember both those who have given their lives in service and the loved ones they have left behind.
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