THE TERM GOLD STAR FAMILY IS A MODERN REFERENCE THAT COMES FROM THE SERVICE FLAG. THESE FLAGS/BANNERS WERE FIRST FLOWN BY FAMILIES DURING WORLD WAR I. THE FLAG INCLUDED A BLUE STAR FOR EVERY IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, DURING ANY PERIOD OF WAR OR HOSTILITIES IN WHICH THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WERE ENGAGED. IF THAT LOVED ONE DIED, THE BLUE STAR WAS REPLACED BY A GOLD STAR. THIS ALLOWED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THE PRICE THAT THE FAMILY HAD PAID IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM.
THE UNITED STATES BEGAN OBSERVING GOLD STAR MOTHER'S DAY ON THE LAST SUNDAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN 1936. THE GOLD STAR WIVES WAS FORMED BEFORE THE END OF WORLD WAR II. THE GOLD STAR LAPEL BUTTON WAS ESTABLISHED IN AUGUST 1947.
TODAY, THE NATION RECOGNIZES THE SACRIFICE THAT ALL GOLD STAR FAMILY MEMBERS MAKE WHEN A LOVED ONE DIES IN SERVICE TO THE NATION. GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY DAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY OF SEPTEMBER AND GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY IS APRIL 5.
This statue is to honor all “Dogs and Handlers” from all wars as they saved countless lives. Working together as a team, the handler communicated totally by hand signals and movements to provide work directions to the dog. The dogs were trained on many tasks such as; detecting bombs, enemy soldiers and many more.