Luminary Initiative - Handbook

Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

Gold Star Family Day* is on the last Sunday of September each year.

On this day each year, we come together to honor those who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military by lighting a luminary to let our Gold Star family members know they don't stand alone. We ask that you light a luminary this year.


Sign the Pledge

Show your support to Gold Star family members nation-wide by signing the pledge. Complete our online form today, then mark your calendar for the last Sunday in September every year to light a luminary for Gold Star families.

Sign the Pledge!
Plan an Event

Plan An Event In Your Community

You can choose to participate in the Gold Star Luminary Initiative as an individual, you can invite friends, neighbors, and coworkers to be involved, or you can host an event on a community-wide scale. Visit our webiste to learn how you can raise awareness and plan an event for your community.

*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.

Join the Planning Group!
Buy Luminary Bags

Buy Luminary Bags

We offer premade fire-resistant bags in the EGA Shop. We also have fallen hero lapel pins, garden flags, candles, and additional products to help you show your support for Gold Star Family Day.

After purchasing your luminary, light it at dusk and place at the end of your driveway on Gold Star Family Day to show your support for the sacrifices our fallen heroes and their family members have made on our behalf. If you are using wax candles in your luminary, please ensure that the luminary is a safe distance from any dry grass or flammable materials*.

Click here to purchase Luminary Bags!