The last Sunday in September is dedicated to the Gold Star families of America and Pryor, Oklahoma’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 182 made sure their local Gold Star families knew it’s staff remembered.
“We need to honor those families and those ladies who have made such a sacrifice,” said president of Unit 182, Millie Moseley. “People don’t think of it everyday, that it is such a sacrifice to their life, but once they lose a member they have lost them for the rest of their lives.”
Pryor’s American Legion Auxiliary has three Gold Star families. Each of them are wives whose husbands were killed during World War II.
“We can never say thank you enough to them,’ said Moseley.
Moseley presented each of the families with a Gold Star banner to hang in their windows and a Gold Star pin to wear.
Moseley is proud to be the president because she comes from a family of veterans.
“My husband is a veteran, my father is a veteran, my three uncles are all veterans.”
She said she feels a kind of connection when she hands the banner over to each of the wives.
“It gets to you down in your heart because those people have made such a sacrifice; their family made such a sacrifice so that I can be here today.”
Mary Rutherford attended the ceremony in honor of her husband, Sgt. Robert L. Rutherford. He was lost in the Battle of the Bulge on December 16th, 1944.
“It was a deep snow and his lungs froze,” said Rutherford. “I am proud of my husband.”
Another Gold Star wife, Ophelia Maxine Wright lost her husband, “Ole Bill” she called him, during World War II.
Being at the ceremony to honor her husband and her sacrifice meant a lot to her.
“I gave that part of my life to my country,” said Wright.
Dedicating the last Sunday of September to America’s Gold Star families started in June of 1963 when the United States Congress signed a join-resolution with the Senate.
President Barack Obama encourages all government buildings and Americans to display a flag on September 30, 2012.