Gold Star mothers invited to luncheon honoring fallen children
Donn Weaver, Jeanne Weaver, 1st Lt. Todd Weaver and Emma Wright gathered together during a happier time. SENIOR LIFE Photo Courtesy of Jeanne Weaver
Throughout the country, parents who have lost a son or daughter through military service are given the distinction of being “Gold Star” ones.
This moniker dates back to World War I, when American families of servicemen began hanging Service Flags in the front window of their homes. Those flags had stars representing family members in the U.S. Armed Forces. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star.
That tradition still continues today and also extends to the families of any women who are actively serving or who have lost their lives through military service.
In Brevard, there are many “Gold Star” parents but there has not been an official chapter of the national Gold Star Mothers Inc. in the county since the Vietnam War. Jeanne Weaver hopes to change that, starting with a Gold Star Mother’s Day luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 27 at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, 400 South Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island.
“This first meeting is not meant to be an official launching of a Gold Star Mothers chapter, but rather a time for us mothers and community leaders to make connections to honor such a unique sacrifice on that special date here in Brevard,” Weaver said.
“If enough moms want to move forward to form a chapter in the future, I will be happy to be part of that process. If not, at least we will know each other and be able to reach out to others who care.”
She lost her own son 1st Lt. Todd William Weaver who died on Sept. 9, 2010. He was killed leading his platoon in combat in the Arghandab Valley of Southern Afghanistan.
“Due to privacy restrictions, I’m not given names of these Gold Star families, so I want to get the word out to invite them to this event,” Weaver said. “We are part of a sisterhood we do not want to belong to, but we do. I’m not trying to cause additional grief, but only to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by their sons and daughters.”
To RSVP for the event or find out more information about forming a Gold Star Mothers group in Brevard County, email Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org. SL