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Often the question has been asked, “Who is a Gold Star Mother?” During the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each person, man or woman in the Military Service of the United States. As the war progressed and men were killed in combat, others wounded and died of their wounds or disease, there came about the accepted usage of the Gold Star.
This Gold Star was substituted and superimposed upon the Blue Star in such a manner as to entirely cover it. The idea of the Gold Star was to honor the person for his supreme sacrifice made to his country.
Thus, the Gold Star and the term Gold Star Mother, was applied to mothers whose sons died in World War I and that term continues to be used in reference to all American military engagements since that time.
We are proud that this plaque becomes a permanent part of the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park and the Walkway of Freedom.
If you have a suggestion or an idea that will help our Post serve its members better, we want to hear from you.
Contact American Legion Post 735 with your comments.