: Our ViewGold Star Families deserve support at upcoming event

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Sep. 23—For a Gold Star Family, every day is Memorial Day.

The families of service members who died while serving in a time of conflict live on with a void in their hearts, and the loss creates a bond that is shared by all surviving loved ones.

With Gold Star Family Day set for Sunday, a group of Logansport residents are coming together to host an event dedicated to the survivors of service members who died in conflict.

The public is invited to come to the City Building in downtown Logansport at 6:30 p.m. to come make luminaries for Gold Star Sunday. They will then be lit to honor those who lost a loved one in service.

The event in Logansport is one of hundreds happening throughout the country on Sunday. The day was originally called Gold Star Mother's Day, and was designated by a joint Congressional resolution in 1936. It has evolved in recent years to be known as Gold Star Family Day. Each year since, the day has been observed by presidential proclamation.

In 2007, the Gold Star Luminary Initiative was created as a call to action for that day. The nonprofit asked communities to light luminaries in one of its newsletters that went out to 50,000 Marine parents and family members.

Since September 11, 2001, almost 7,000 families have dealt with the devastating heartbreak as their children laid down their lives for their country.

Most of us will never experience this tragedy or be able to truly relate to the loss felt by these families, but we can thank them for the sacrifices. We can let them know that, no matter what, we support and stand behind them as a country.