AUSAchapter 

12/1/2009 

Forty Gold Star Mothers from around the country participated in "Gold Star Mother’s Day" with a tour of Washington that was supported by AUSA’s George Washington Chapter.

The tour included visiting the gravesite of the Gold Star Mothers founder, Grace Darling Seibold, with her granddaughter Teddy Westlake; and reception at the Pentagon with top Army officials.

In the evening, the group attended the Annual Gold Star Banquet at Fort Myer, Va.

The last day began with a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Wall, a visit to Section 60 at the Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to the fallen of Afghanistan and Iraq and a guided tour of the National Cathedral.

The secretary of veterans affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, addressed the group on the VA’s commitment to remember the fallen at the cemetery’s amphitheater.

The "Gold Star Mother’s Day" celebration culminated with an Open House at its headquarters at 2128 Leroy Place, N.W., in Washington.

Ruth Stonesifer, American Gold Star Mothers national president, said, "This year’s Gold Star Mother’s Day celebration was a great success. We were treated like royalty wherever we went. Our schedule was pretty hectic."

American Gold Star Mothers is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died that this world might be a better place in which to live.

In 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation calling on government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag and to hold appropriate meetings in their homes, churches or other suitable places, on the last Sunday in September, as public expression of the love, sorrow and reverence of the people of the United States for the American Gold Star Mothers.