May 5, 2016

Families of the fallen have endured great sacrifices for our nation. Fallen Patriots recognizes Gold Star Awareness Month. While Fallen Patriots primary efforts are to honor children of the fallen, we also take time to recognize the sacrifices that Gold Star family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation.

Gold Star Defined

The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.


Gold Star Lapel pins are presented to and worn by surviving spouses, parents and immediate family members of Armed Forces members killed in combat operations. The Gold Star pin is a gold star on a purple circular background.

Next of Kin Lapel Pins are presented to and worn by immediate Family members of United States Armed Forces members who die while serving outside of combat operations. The Next of Kin pin is a gold star on a gold background.


The Navy Gold Star Program is a new, comprehensive program designed for families of service members who die while on active duty.


Gold Star family members have lost their Marine either during combat or due to accident or illness during active duty or reserve service in the Marine Corps.

Air Force                

If you have a family member who lost their life while in combat you may be entitled to the Gold Star Lapel Pin.