What are Blue Star and Gold Star families?

What are Blue Star and Gold Star families?

A blue star family has a member in active military service.  A gold star family has lost a family member in military service.  The use of blue and gold stars originated during World War I.  It became a custom for military families to put a flag or banner near their front window.   The banner has a white field, a red border and a blue star for every member of the family serving in the military.  A gold star represents a family member who has died in military service.  The last Sunday in September is designated as Gold Star Mothers Day.  In recent years military families begin using silver stars.  A silver stars designates a person wounded or injured in a war zone.

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