The Vietnam Veterans of America Utica Chapter 944 will host a wreath laying ceremony in honor of National Gold Star Mothers’ Day at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Gold Star Mothers’ monument located within the veterans’ brick walkway at the Captain George A. Wood Postal Facility, 100 Pitcher St., Utica.
The local 30-minute ceremony will consist of the presentation of the colors, the playing of the National Anthem, chaplain’s prayer and recognition of Gold Star Mothers and their families.
There will also be guest speakers, the sounding of Taps and the singing of God Bless
Following the ceremony, there will be a dinner at Hart’s Hill Inn on Clinton Street in Whitesboro at 4 p.m. Cost is $20 per person.
Shortly after World War I, the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was formed in the U.S. to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war. The name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a Service Flag in the window of their homes.
The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the military. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star.
Gold Star Mothers are often socially active, but are non-political. Today membership in the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American women who have lost a son or daughter in service to the U.S. On the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mothers’ Day is observed in their honor.
For more information, contact Thomas Buono, president of Utica Chapter 944, at 315-738-1402 or Chet Malcolm at 315-794-0513.