WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Throughout history, bells have been used to announce a death or to express the gravity of an individual's passing. They are struck to communicate the depth of sorrow and the extent of loss.
On Sept. 22, in association with Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, Navy installations across the continental U.S. will participate in Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members where the names of the fallen will be read and a bell will toll to honor and remember them. The Navy is proud to recognize the sacrifices of our fallen service members and the Gold Star families left behind through these coordinated ceremonies.
"It's amazing to see how our installations are coming together to remember our fallen," said Lisa Bauch, Navy Gold Star Program analyst. "Many of our Navy bases from coast to coast are taking the time to pay tribute to these heroes and their families."
Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been designated as Gold Star Mother's Day to recognize and honor those who have lost a child while serving the country in the United States Armed Forces. In 2009, fallen service members' families were officially recognized and added by presidential proclamation, renaming the observance to Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day.
Each year the president signs a proclamation reaffirming our commitment to honor the individuals "who carry forward the memories of those willing to lay down their lives for the United States and the liberties for which we stand." On Sept. 25, we pay tribute to those mothers and families who have sacrificed so much.
"The amount of heartfelt camaraderie at not only these events, but all Gold Star events, is inspiring and overwhelming," said Mike Bruner, Navy Gold Star Program manager. "The Navy Gold Star Program is both honored and proud to be able to continue to provide enduring support to survivors."
The Navy is committed to helping foster resiliency for families of fallen service members, regardless of how they died. The Navy Gold Star Program honors Gold Star families throughout the year by hosting events which pay tribute to their lost loved ones, providing resources and opportunities to connect with one another.
For more information on the Navy Gold Star Program or the location of Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members in your area, please visit http://www.facebook.com/navygoldstar/ or http://www.navygoldstar.com/ or call 1-888-509-8759.
Stephanie Hunter is a Program Analyst for the Navy Gold Star Program.
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