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

Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend