Gold Star recognized Mother’s Day in Monroe

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Gold Star families share a term no one wants, which is a child who is killed while serving our country.

“It was March 22nd, which made it special because it was like coming with them,” said Kim Henderson, a Gold Star mom.

She remembers the day her son was recognized, and it was exactly eight years later on his funeral day.

“He let me know, mom, that I do what I love to do,” she said.

The US Army Aviation Department honored him by flying ten planes over their home. She shares her story to keep his memory alive and to remember the moments that were so special to her. Jayme Watson explains why this day is so special.

“It’s not the same as Memorial Day because Memorial is for everyone. Gold Star mothers were once Blue Star mothers and their child was killed while they were serving or they died while they were serving, but the only thing that matters is that it could be us, ”said Jayme Watson, President of Blue Star Mothers of Northeast Louisiana.

Mayor Friday Ellis has signed a proclamation in Monroe declaring September 26th to be Gold Star Mother’s Day.

“You get such a proud lump in your throat when you know what they did for us. Your sacrifice and the knowledge that our sons and daughters are now serving, ”said Watson.

Blue Star mothers in northeast Louisiana have taken the past 12 years to serve local Gold Star families. It means so much to the bereaved.

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