||During the First World War, in May 1918, President Woodrow Wilson approved the suggestion of the Women's Committee of National Defenses recommending that American women should wear a black band on the upper left arm adorned with a gold star. Each star representing a family member who had given his or her life for their country. President Woodrow Wilson first used the term "Gold Star Mother" in his Letter to the Women's Committee. Grace D. Seibold, who lost her son, 1st Lieutenant George Seibold, in France, is recognized as the first “Gold Star” mother.
On June 4, 1928 a group of 25 mothers in Washington, DC, made plans to begin a national organization to be known as “American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.” The nonpolitical and nonprofit organization was incorporated on Jan 5, 1929.
The ninety-eighth U.S. Congress on June 12, 1984, granted the Gold Star Mothers, a Federal Charter. The last Sunday of September has officially been declared Gold Star Mothers Day.
The blue and gold star banner tradition began in WW I when white Service Flags bordered in red were displayed from homes, business, schools and churches to indicate, by the use of a blue star, each active service member in the U.S. Military. A gold star indicated those who had given their lives for their country.
This tradition has continued through World War II, the Korean War and up through the present day.
President Woodrow Wilson