BATON ROUGE, La (BRRPOUD) – The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs recognized a different kind of Mother’s Day.
“This day you did not choose, but yet you still sit here and stand here proudly in remembrance of your sons and daughters,” said Candice Bourg with Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces. The Department of Veterans Affairs honors not only the fallen but those they left behind.
Carol Bass is a Gold Star Mother, she said 12 years later, it doesn’t get easier.
“You remember everything that happened in that time frame, and when they play taps, that’s the last thing you hear at the funeral,” said Bass.
A Gold Star Family can display a Gold Star Service Flag for service members who were killed or died while serving in the armed forces. The number of gold stars on the flag corresponds to the number of individuals who were killed or died. A gold star is placed over the blue star on a Blue Star Service Flag so that the blue forms a border and creates GoldStar Service Flag.
The U.S. Department of Defense also issues Gold Star lapel pins to immediate family members of a fallen service member of the military. These pins are worn by spouses, parents, and children of service members killed in the line of duty and contain a gold star on a purple circular background.
Bass said events honoring the fallen help families remember the good memories.
“He was my overly energetic child. I’ve been told that while he was in Afghanistan he was definitely the jokester, they did all kinds of ridiculous stuff,” said Bass.
While this event is a stark reminder that freedom is not free, it’s also a reminder that those who sacrificed for it should never be forgotten.