Honor and remembrance were parts of Gold Star Spouses Day at Arlington National Cemetery and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Under overcast skies and periods of rain Friday, two Gold Star wives laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Friday and a reception followed at the Fort Myer Army Community Service offices.
Gold Star Wives of America is an organization of widows and widowers whose military spouses died while on active duty or as the result of military service-connected causes. Founded in 1945 by widows who lost loved ones in World War II, the Gold Star Wives have three chapters in the Military District of Washington, the Arlington, Capitol View and Potomac chapters.
Laying the wreath at the tomb were President and Founder of Arlington Gold Star Wives Drs. Vivianne Wersel and Tracey Koehlmoos, Gold Star Wives of America national secretary.
“Every day is Memorial Day for a gold star wife, but on this day, we recognize our fellow widows, our sisters,” Wersel said. “This is about the widows and the widowers. It is about us, and the support we have received and all the support we provide for military widows.”
One of the goals of the three Military District of Washington chapters is to unite and brainstorm problems Gold Star wives, sons and daughters may encounter. Problem solving mixed with a light lunch at the late-morning reception.
For more information on the Gold Star Wives organization and the benefits they provide to widows and widowers, call (252) 646-2678 or visit www.goldstarwives.org.
Pentagram Staff Writer Jim Dresbach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.