Families of Fallen Soldiers receive Gold Star Service Flags
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2011) – Families of U.S. service members who have died during military service were given a special remembrance of their loved ones recently, during a Florida Survivors Outreach Services (SOS) program on Oct. 22.
It was a time when Gold Star Families were reconnected to receive the Gold Star Service Flag in honor and recognition of the ultimate sacrifice of their Fallen Soldier and of the Family.
The Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) Program demonstrates the Army’s commitment to Families of the Fallen, providing unified support services and ensuring they are continually linked to the Army Family for as long as they desire.
Families of Fallen Soldiers representing four war conflicts – World War II, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – gathered for the presentation ceremony of the Gold Star Service Flag. VFW Post 8255 Post Commander, Steve Schneider, Carol Newberg, President, Ladies Auxiliary, and the Men’s Auxiliary hosted the event with lunch followed by the ceremony. The ceremony, the first in the nation, is an opportunity to “reach back and reach out” to surviving Families who did not receive a Gold Star Service Flag at the time of loss of their Fallen Hero.
During the event the Capt. Amy Green, director of the Florida National Guard State Family Programs, welcomed the distinguished Gold Star Families and expressed appreciation for the Fallen Soldiers’ service to preserve the freedoms of our nation and recognizing the attending Survivors.
President of Blue Star Mothers – Central Florida Mrs. Vickie DiGiovanni, presented the Gold Star Service Flag to Families representing Fallen Soldiers who died on Active Duty. Diane Webber, along with other quilters of the Camp Blanding Quilters Guild, presented a quilt to each Family.
Potted autumnal mums were presented to the Families by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Also present at the ceremony were Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John Hugus, Patriot Guard Rider Mission Ride Captain, John Vincent, and a contingent of Patriot Guard Riders flanking the audience with American Flags.
For more information contact Ms. Carol Pryor at (904) 823-0157