Luminary Initiative Events

Over 2,600 people participated in the Luminary Initiative this year

The Luminary Initiative, started by, has been a major contributor towards honoring Gold Star families since 2007. The mission of the Luminary Initiative is to urge individuals, families, and organizations nationwide to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Family Day, to honor our fallen heroes.

On the evening of Sunday, September 29, 2019, military supporters across the country came together to show their respect for Gold Star family members and to keep the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation alive.

Events ranged from small to large, from individual family events to neighborhood and community-wide events.

We had 394 people sign our pledge listing their events with an estimated 2,628 people participating in luminary events nationwide. In addition, hundreds of individuals helped us light up Facebook with support by changing their social media profile pictures to our Luminary Initiative image on Sunday. Since beginning the Gold Star Luminary Initiative in 2007, we have seen the initiative grow each year, and this year's participation was truly amazing!

We asked those who participated in luminary lighting events this year to send us photos from their events so our readers can see what this year's events looked like and draw inspiration for events in 2019. We want to thank all of those that took the pledge and participated in the Luminary Initiative this year.

Local News Story Links

  • Queen Creek, Arizona: KGUN 9
    Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The Baltimore Sun
    Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders honor 29 fallen service members for Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day
  • Albany, New York:
    Dozens honor Capital Region families on Gold Star Family's Day
  • Kingwood, West Virginia: West Virginia National Guard
    W.Va. Guard hosts Gold Star weekend for families of fallen service members