Celebrating Gold Star mothers and families – Greeley Tribune

Today, September 25 is recognized as Gold Star Mother’s Day by a joint resolution of the United States Congress of 1936. The recognition occurs on the last Sunday of September each year. In recent years it has been modified to add Family Day in the title.

It is my hope in underlining the designated goal today; we gain a greater understanding and awareness of the lifelong loss and pain that the mothers and family members of a Gold Star Soldier Killed in Action (KIA) must endure. The families of our fallen men and women in uniform understand the true and painful price of freedom.

Some of you reading this article are aware that I have spent a great deal of time and effort over the past few years researching, identifying, and recognizing Weld County KIAs. In total I have found and identified 228 Weld County KIAs in wars and conflicts from 1898 to present.

Therefore, it is fair to say that Weld County has at least 228 Gold Star mothers and families. The Weld County Veterans Memorial in Greeley’s Bittersweet Park has a large bronze plaque on display honoring and remembering these 228 Gold Star KIAs.

My experiences say that very little recognition of Gold Star mothers and families is done in our daily lives; Memorial Day is certainly an exception. I have noticed in recent years a greater effort to recognize and thank veterans on many annual occasions.

My mission is to request that when we recognize veterans, we also invite Gold Star mothers, wives and families to join in the recognition; thus showing that fallen soldiers have seriously ensured the freedoms that are so dear to us.

Stop – Pause – Reflect – Honor – Remember – Display the flag.

– Don Feldhaus served as Weld County KIA Memorial Coordinator, is a member of the Gold Star family and served two terms on Greeley City Council (2001-2009)

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