Singleton, VFW to host Gold Star Mothers tribute

Sonna Singleton

Sonna Singleton

REX — It’s the kind of star no mother wants to have to remember her child.

A single gold star on a white field bordered by red. It means that mother’s son or daughter has gone off to war and is never coming home. No more gifts of flowers on Mother’s Day. Just a gold star to remind them of a person they will never see again.

Receiving that star denotes the mother is someone different than many of the mothers she knows from church or the PTA. Their child would once run up to them, screaming “Mommy! Mommy!” Now their neighbors call her a “Gold Star Mother.” The name itself has an ominous meaning. It marks the mother as a woman whose child went off to the join the military and was killed in combat.

Each generation has a war that turned housewives and soccer moms into “Gold Star Mothers.” World War II. Korea. Vietnam. Iraq. Afghanistan. Each generation has a new war to add to that list.

Commissioner Sonna Singleton will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 and its Ladies Auxiliary to recognize these mothers Saturday during celebrations to honor the sacrifices they had to make for their country, and to commemorate the founding of the VFW. Singleton will host a “Gold Star Mothers” tribute at 11 a.m. at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road in Rex.

The VFW Post and its Ladies Auxiliary will then host a reception featuring a flag retirement ceremony afterward at the Lake City VFW Hall, 5080 North Lake Drive.