The newly formed Gardenia Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers held inductions for its officers Feb. 23 at The Capital Church in Garner. The members of the chapter come from all across the area, including Garner, Apex and Fuquay-Varina.
Grace Darling Seibold started what would become the American Gold Star Mothers in 1918 after her son, George, was killed in combat in France during WWI.
The American Gold Star Mothers was officially founded in 1928 and later incorporated in 1929 by mothers of fallen military members. It received a charter from the U.S. Congress in 1984. The organization was named for the Gold Star banner that families hung in their windows in honor of the deceased veteran.
During WWI, families of military personnel hung banners in their window with a blue star for each service member. As men were killed in combat or wounded and died of injuries, the gold star was superimposed over the blue star to cover it completely.
According to the AGSM website, “The idea of the Gold Star was that the honor and glory accorded the person for his supreme sacrifice in offering for his country, the last full measure of devotion and pride of the family in this sacrifice, rather than the sense of personal loss which would be represented by the mourning symbols.”
The mothers wear white as a sign beyond mourning the loss of their service members. It’s a sign of peace, sacrifice, innocence and goodness.
The new officers include president Julie Webb, vice president Tammy Eakes, secretary Patti Elliott, treasurer Cherie’ Griffith and chaplain Rene Adams. Their sons were Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Webb, Sgt. Lance Eakes, Spc. Lucas Elliott, Maj. Samuel Griffith and Sgt. Mark Adams.
Any mother that has lost her son or daughter in the military can find out more about the American Gold Star Mothers organization at http://www.goldstarmoms.com and the Gardenia Chapter specifically by emailing Julie Webb at email@example.com.