The Story of American Gold Star Mothers

Grace, realizing that self-contained grief is self-destructive, devoted her time and efforts to not only working in the hospital but extending the hand of friendship to other mothers whose sons had lost their lives in military service.

Who are Gold Star Mothers?

Mothers working together to honor and preserve the memory of their fallen children by continuing their service to the military community.

American Gold Star Mothers across the country volunteer thousands of hours every year to support Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their families. 

They provide economic and social support to these brave men and women.

This affiliate link is a collectible stamp, Single $.03 Cent US Postal Stamp, Gold Star Mothers, 1948, S#969

Who started Gold Star Mothers?

Grace Darling Seibold founded the organization June 4, 1928 in Washington, D.C.
The Ninety-Eighth Congress of the United States granted their Charter June 12, 1984.

While her son George was serving with England during World War I, Grace Darling Seibold began performing community service by visiting returning servicemen in hospitals in Washington, D.C.
With no news from George, Grace continued visiting hospitalized veterans believing her son might have been injured and returned to the United States without any identification.
Working through her sorrow, she helped ease the pain of the many servicemen who returned traumatized.

Grace, realizing that self-contained grief is self-destructive, devoted her time and efforts to not only working in the hospital but extending the hand of friendship to other mothers whose sons had lost their lives in military service.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. website

Why start an organization?

Through her grief, Grace organized a group of other mothers, to comfort each other, and to give loving care to hospitalized veterans confined in government hospitals far from home.

The organization was named after the Gold Star that families hung in their windows in honor of the deceased veteran. 

Now over 140 Chapters of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. across the United States support veterans, active duty service members, and their families by hosting events to honor these men and women while educating the community about service and patriotism.  Initiatives include:

  • Visiting VA Homes and Hospitals
  • Packaging and shipping care packages to deployed service members.
  • Purchasing school supplies and clothes for veteran, active duty, and Gold Star children.
  • Participating in community events that celebrate military service.
  • Participating in national and local Memorial Day and Veterans Day events.
  • Making holiday meals for Veterans Homes and Military Bases.
  • Providing assistance with home repairs, vehicle repairs, and moving expenses.

Arlington National Cemetery

I took these photos of Arlington Cemetery while on a trip to Washington DC in August 2022. This area was under construction due to planned expansion of Arlington National Cemetery by realigning the adjacent roads , adding roughly 50 acres to the cemetery providing 80,000 new burial spaces, as the cemetery is now close to capacity.

Where do I find Gold Star Mothers headquarters?

The organization is located in the heart of the United States capital at

​American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Headquarters
2128 Leroy Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

And you can follow on Facebook.

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Wreaths Across America

2022 Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery
Volunteers participate in the 31st Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 17, 2022. On this day, nearly 30,000 volunteers placed 257,000 wreaths at every gravesite, columbarium court column, and niche wall column at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)

Anyone can sponsor a wreath to be laid at a veteran’s grave on Wreaths Across America day held the 3rd Saturday in December annually. You can donate and find a local participating cemetery at this link. My husband and I donate and lay wreaths at our local observance.

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