Symbols that stand for experiences and sacrifice arc the lives of military families. The Blue Star flag that hangs in the windows and on the doors of military families show that there is a service member deployed. There are multiple star flags hanging in windows on many military posts.
The flag that breaks the hearts of those of us in the community – the Gold Star Flag – means that a member of this family has died in the service of his or her country. In front of that flag, politics goes out the window, or should. This flag is a flag of great pride and love; and of heartbreak and pain. At Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery the families gather and compare stories of their service member; the gold star pins they wear are the signs of the membership in a group they never wanted to belong to.
Tribute in the midst of anger and politics
The President, following custom, has proclaimed Sunday, September 25th, 2011, Gold Star Mothers and Families Day. As he said:
“Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America. On this day, and every day, we offer them our deep gratitude and respect, and we are inspired by their strength and determination. Through heartbreaking loss, our Gold Star families continue to support one another, serve their communities, and bring comfort to the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families.”
Today, in the midst of the rancor, and the anger and the blaming and the politics; today let us take a day to honor the families of the men and women who died in the service of their country, not only in the recent wars, but all the wars of the past. The widows of WWII, the heartbroken mothers of the Korean War fallen, the families who mourned the thousands lost in Vietnam, and Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan; remember them today.
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Photo: Hall of Heroes