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The Legend of the Gold Star   

Weekend, May 27-29, 2017 — As we approach another Memorial Day it is fitting that we not only remember those who gave themselves in defense of our country and all Americans but in honor of the many mothers whose sons left home never to return.

From the Los Angeles Times: During World War I, a practice developed across the country: Families displayed flags featuring a blue star, a sign that a family member was fighting in the war. Some flags would display more than one star. Just how the next tradition began is unclear, but when a soldier died, the blue star was replaced by a gold one. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson approved a recommendation by the Women’s Committee of National Defenses to wear a black armband with a gold star — an update on traditional signs of mourning. It’s believed Wilson coined the term “Gold Star Mother.”

Over time, two types of service flags were created. One banner had a white background, red border and blue star. The other had a white background, blue border and gold star. In 1928, 25 mothers met in Washington, D.C., to establish a national organization called American Gold Star Mothers Inc. That organization exists to this day. In 1947, Congress authorized the military to issue gold star lapel pins to families of those who had been killed in combat. In 1973, Congress approved another for families of service members who died while on active duty but not in combat.

In honor of those mothers, fathers and families who lost sons and daughters, we suggest you take time out from your days of recreation and gatherings of family and friends to remember those who served and died.  For all of them we offer this special presentation of…

United States Military Power – 2017 2:48 min.

The U.S. military is one of the largest militaries in terms of number of personnel. It draws its personnel from a large pool of paid volunteers; although conscription has been used in the past in various times of both war and peace, it has not been used since 1972. As of 2016, the United States spends about $580.3 billion annually to fund its military forces and Overseas Contingency Operations. Put together, the United States constitutes roughly 40 percent of the world’s military expenditures.

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A moving, patriotic tribute to our military, past and present. Thank you for your service!

Those Who Serve 15:12 min.

LCMS military chaplains and the troops to whom they show spiritual care explain how the LCMS and her congregations are uniquely poised to show Christ’s mercy to these heroes in our midst, both active duty and veterans.

Family Says Goodbye to Marine War Dog 2:54 min.

Amazing Grace and Our Fallen Heroes 2:59 min.

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