The Blue Star Mothers are those that have or had a son or daughter serving in the
military. If their child dies while he or she is on active duty, mothers are then called
Gold Star Mothers.
Part of the mission of the Blue Star Mother’s is to take care and support the Gold
Star Mothers. In 2006, the Colorado Blue Star Mother’s hosted the first weekend to
support their Gold Star parents and the Fallen Heroes from their state. This event
took place in Estes Park, CO on the last weekend in September, which was Gold Star
Mother’s Day. There were 30 families that came that year to honor and remember
their loved one. Most of these families were not military, so with the death of their
child, they were thrown into the “military world”. They were caught in between the
military and civilian world in their grief and they were finally able to find a place
where everyone understood.
The weekend is a safe haven for the families where they can come together to
be with other families who have lost their child that served in the military. We
continue to honor all of the Fallen Heroes be it a death by suicide, KIA, accident or
illness. To date we have over 270 Fallen Heroes that we honor and remember. The
number of families that have attended the weekend has grown from 30 in 2006 to
70 in 2016.
During this healing seminar/weekend, we provide information,
resources, references, counselors, speakers, workshops and anything that will assist
the parents on their grief journey. All are thankful for a place where they can freely
express their grief, pride, joys and sorrows. They can speak about their children and
honor their lives where everyone understands.
Every year, funds are raised to support this weekend. Throughout the year
fundraisers, presentations, grant and letter writing are done to cover the cost of the
weekend. We feel the families have sacrificed enough for our state and nation so this is our gift to them.
It is our hopes that we will be able to continue honoring and supporting the
Gold Star Parents as long as necessary. They are all amazing families!
“Thank you for keeping the memory of my son alive.” - A Gold Star Mom