September 30th is Gold Star Mothers Day. This day is set aside to recognize the families of Americans killed in service to our country. Since World War I, a small banner with a blue star was placed in a front window of your home to show that you had a son in the service (now it is a son or daughter). When the ultimate sacrifice was made, the blue star was replaced by a gold one.
It’s a sad fact that today few Americans recognize the sacrifice the few made to safeguard the freedom of many. Those in the service today are also standing in harm’s way. This would be a good time to tell their parents or spouse that you appreciate the sacrifice those in the service are making.
Robert Zipp, Tomahawk
Commander, VFW Post 2687