FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - Each year on the last Sunday in September at Fort Stewart, a Gold Star Mother's Day honors those who have lost a son or daughter in American military service.
Families of soldiers who paid the ultimate price gathered Sunday at Marne Chapel at Fort Stewart as part of the inaugural American Gold Star Mothers Day. There were 259 honoring mothers who lost a son or daughter during military service who attended.
The last Sunday of September is a day set aside to honor mothers of fallen comrades. It began during World War I.
For many of the mothers, it was difficult to hold back the tears.
The Jacksons said ceremonies like this help them with the pain the feel after losing their son to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
Survivor outreach services hosted the event.
"We honor those son and daughter living with a blue star and those who have died with a gold star," said Teresa White, of Survivor Outreach Services.
The group helps families whose blue stars have turned gold.
Each mother was presented a garrison coin in honor of their soldier.