The Gold Star is a symbol of a loved one lost in combat. Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day is observed on the last Sunday in September and honors the mothers and families of fallen military service members. The history of National Gold Star Mother’s Day and their families began with a young country thrown into the midst of a great war. Army Captain Robert L. Queissner, whose two sons were serving on the front line during World War I, created what is now called the Service Flag. The flag was displayed with a blue star to represent a child serving in the military during times of war. When a service member died, families stitched a gold star over the blue star. Today, we express our gratitude to these families and the strength and courage they represent.