Carroll Hospice will remember those who died in service to our country on Sunday, September 30.
It is on this day that luminaries are lit as part of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative to remember those who died while serving in our country’s military.
According to the U.S. Army’s website, “The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.”
Luminaries will be lined up outside of Dove House, Carroll Hospice’s inpatient facility, and Gold Star families—those who have lost a loved one during his or her military service—will have the option to decorate their luminary in memory of their loved one.
“It will be a solemn event, a time for recognition and remembrance,” explains Kim Benson, Carroll Hospice’s volunteer coordinator.
Carroll Hospice’s participation in this event is the latest in recognizing the service of those who have served our country.
A member of the national We Honor Veterans program, Carroll Hospice has achieved level four status, the highest possible, for its efforts in addressing the specialized needs of veteran hospice patients and honoring their service to the country. Carroll Hospice is also proud to be a commemorative partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to pay tribute to the veterans who served in that war.
Join Carroll Hospice on Gold Star Family Day to light luminaries at dusk in honor of our fallen heroes. The lighting will begin at 7 p.m. at Dove House, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster. For more information, please call 410-871-8000. Learn more about the Gold Star Luminary Initiative.