May is here and we celebrate Mothers Day but we also remember those who have died while serving
our country, on Memorial Day.This Month we are honoring both on this page.
President Woodrow Wilson created a Proclamation commemorating the first Mothers Day on May 8,
1914. Here we show a cover from May 8th,1934 in honor of that day, with the Mothers Day stamp issued by the USPS on May
2,1934. The stamp reads "In Memory and in Honor of the Mothers of America".
I have selected Grace Darling Seibold/Honoring the Gold Star Mothers
Appropriately so for the month of May when we all honor Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
the founder of the "American Gold Star Mothers"(AGSM).
Her son, Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, Battling
Aviator, was killed in action during WW1 in 1918. Because of her grief she decided to organize a special group consisting
of only women whose sons lost their lives in mililtary service. Years later on June 4, 1928, twenty four mothers
met in Washington, D.C. and established the national organization, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. This organization,
still in existence today, is made up of a group of mothers who through their own grief offer love and support to eachother.
The honorary name and concept of "Gold Star Mothers"came from the practice of Service Flags sometimes called Service
Banners, being hung in windows when the nation had declared war. These banners would display blue stars for each family
member serving in the military and a gold star covering one of the blue stars for each family member who died in military
Another tradition of this organization is the wearing of ALL WHITE. It is believed the premise for this
stems from President Woodrow Wilson. He was concerned the large number of women wearing the tradional black garb for
mourning would effect the nations morale. On May 28, 1918 President Wilson approved a suggestion from the Women's
Committee of the Council of National Defense that instead, american women should wear a black band on their left arm with
a gilt star for each loved one who lost their lives at war.
Read more about Grace Darling Seibold and this supportive
organization here www.goldstarmoms.com.