Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday of September, a tradition dating back to 1936 when mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves “Gold Star Mothers” during the First World War.  Ilario Pantano, Director of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs, writes about the comfort these mothers have given to others in the News and Observer opinion piece, Mothers of our fallen soldiers offer comfort to others.  Mr. Pantano writes, “Today is Gold Star Mother’s Day, a day to honor mothers who have lost sons or daughters in our nation’s wars.  I have come to know many Gold Star Mothers, and what these women share is an indescribable bond of pain and patriotism. Their sacrifice deserves more than a simple “thank you” because these women – many who call North Carolina home – are true heroines who deserve our love.

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