By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. Henney Hodgkins
On Sunday, the nation will observe Gold Star Mother’s Day to recognize and honor those mothers who have lost a child in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces. As a country, we are indebted to the sacrifice of our Gold Star Mothers, a sacrifice made for our freedom.
Military mothers have shown determination and resiliency withstanding deployments and dealing with the uncertainty of sending their sons and daughters to foreign and dangerous lands. The Department of Defense commemorates Gold Star Mother’s Day because mothers across the nation have supported the military, and likewise, through this recognition and through survivor outreach programs, the military supports them.
If you know a Gold Star Mother or see a mother wearing a gold star lapel button or the lapel button for next of kin deceased personnel, please commend them for their courage, acknowledge their son or daughter’s service, and thank them for their continued contributions to our community and our nation. Their steadfast dedication to our military family is inspiring and humbling.
Our Gold Star Mothers are cherished members of our team of teams. We will continue to remember their ongoing sacrifice and resilience and will continue to honor the lives, bravery, and legacy of their loved ones. We will never forget.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Hodgkins is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood interim command sergeant major.)