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Blue to Gold Star Program


The Gold Star Banner perpetuates and honors the principles for which an ultimate sacrifice has been made by a service member.

Often the question has been asked, “Who is a Gold Star Mother?” It was during the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each family member serving in the United States military. As the war progressed and service members were killed in combat, or were wounded and later died of their wounds or disease, the Gold Star became the accepted symbol to honor these service members for their supreme sacrifice in defense of our country.

The Gold Star is superimposed over the Blue Star. This transition is called "Blue To Gold", and for the mother of the Fallen Hero she now has become an American Gold Star Mother (AGSM).

The Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. has a National Blue To Gold Program. The BSMA presents a Gold Star Banner to the American Gold Star Mother in honor of the Fallen Warrior's service and sacrifice to our great nation and to honor the family's loss and personal sacrifices.

The parents of the Fallen Warrior choose how they wish to receive their banner. Some may want the honor at the memorial or funeral or to accept it privately, others may opt to accept the honor some time in the future. 

When we are informed of a Fallen Warrior who is from our area, our Blue to Gold Liaison will contact the Casualty Assistance Officer and/or Funeral Director to inform them of the mother's right to receive a Gold Star Banner.

If you are an American Gold Star Mother whose loved one gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and wish to receive a personalized Gold Star Banner honoring your son or daughter, please contact our Chapter.

Phone: Blue To Gold Chapter Liaison - Jeanne Fell at 941-626-0412

Email: [email protected]

Our Chapter will need time to personalize your American Gold Star Banner and

will arrange a time and place of your choosing to present it to you.