The Luminary Initiative

Thousands of luminaries have been lit on the last Sunday in September for nearly a decade. Help keep their memories alive...

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Gold Star Family Day

The last Sunday in September each year.

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September 25, 2022

Start a tradition with your family to help keep their memories alive.
Light a luminary for Gold Star Families.

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Gold Star Luminary Initiative

Thousands of luminaries have been lit on the last Sunday in September for over a decade.

The Luminary Initiative

On Gold Star Family Day*, we come together to honor those who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military by lighting a luminary on the last Sunday in September.

Throughout America’s history, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, families have seen their loved ones heed the call of duty; and with that duty comes the ultimate burden that these families must bear. Lighting a luminary on Gold Star Family Day lets them know they don’t stand alone.

*Gold Star Mother’s Day was designated by a joint Congressional resolution in 1936 and has evolved in recent years to be known as Gold Star Family Day. Each year since, the day has been observed by presidential proclamation.

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How Your Help is Needed

In communities large and small, organizations and individuals honor these families, from citywide events to a single luminary at the end of a driveway. Community service clubs, church groups, and military organizations all participate—and they all need leaders; someone who will coordinate the day’s activities and send out the call to action.

  • Will you help keep their memories alive?
  • Will you light a luminary with your family?
  • Will you organize an event in your community?

Gold Star Family Day is on the last Sunday of September each year. You can make a difference in your community on September 25th this year.

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See what others have done in years past to honor this day.     Gallery of Past Events