Gold Star Legacy

Honor Our Fallen Heroes & Support Their Families



The term "Gold Star" describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service.

The Gold Star first made an appearance during World War I after being placed over a service flag's blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The Gold Star signified the family's pride in the loved one's sacrifice rather than the mourning of their personal loss.

Many Gold Star families wear the Gold Star lapel pin to signify their pride. The lapel pin displays a Gold Star with a purple background surrounded by a gold wreath and first made its appearance during World War I.


We honor the legacy of fallen heroes, support the missions and needs of their families, and raise awareness for Gold Star Family Day.

Nothing can adequately prepare a family for the news that a loved one has died while serving our country, just as nothing can erase the pain caused by that loss, but we strive to ease this burden in any way possible.

Whether it means reaching out to a family and providing them with information and a sympathetic ear, putting them in touch with other Gold Star families, or helping promote an event, memorial, or foundation in their loved one's memory, we do whatever we can in their time of need.

Each year, Gold Star Legacy holds a Luminary Initiative to raise awareness of, and support for, Gold Star Family Day, on the last Sunday in September. On this day, organizations and individuals around the country come together to light star-patterned luminaries at sundown to honor and recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.


You are the key to this program's success.

The best way to support a Gold Star family is to remember and honor their fallen hero.

Gold Star families submit their Fallen Hero to the Gold Star Legacy tribute page. These tributes are a great way to share the lives and heroic stories of these brave men and women.

Gold Star Legacy also helps Gold Star families promote and raise support for memorials, scholarships, foundations, and events in memory of their loved one. Visiting, attending, or supporting any of these causes gives you another way to honor their loved one's memory and support Gold Star families everywhere.


You have come to the right place.

We have Gold Star family members who have lost their Marine either during combat or due to accident or illness during active duty or reserve service in the Marine Corps. Our Gold Star families come from around the country and embrace each other with compassion and understanding knowing that each others' emotions will include denial, disbelief, confusion, shock, sadness, yearning, anger, humiliation, despair and guilt. By sharing with each other, the journey you begin after the death of your beloved Marine is somehow just a little easier when you're walking with friends who understand exactly how you feel today, how you felt yesterday, and what you may feel like tomorrow.

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