Gold Star Mothers

Recognizing Gold Star Mothers: A Tribute to Lisa Anderson

Recognizing Gold Star Mothers: A Tribute to Lisa Anderson

The Gold Star symbolizes a unique and poignant sacrifice: the loss of a child who served in the military. Every third Sunday in September, America commemorates Gold Star Mother’s Day to honor these mothers and the immense strength they embody.

Originating during World War I, families displayed flags with blue stars, each representing a family member in the Armed Forces. A gold star, placed over the blue, signified a loved one lost in service.

Today, as we raise the American flag on Gold Star Mother’s Day, it's not just in remembrance of the heroes we lost, but also in deep respect for the families who carry their memories forward. At Flags of Valor, we craft each flag with profound reverence for what it signifies, especially to those mourning a loved one.

From Ventura, CA, Lisa Anderson is a testament to the enduring spirit of Gold Star Mothers. Her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Hale Anderson, served valiantly in Iraq, demonstrating unmatched courage and dedication. Tragically, in 2004, Nicholas made the ultimate sacrifice. His memory, however, remains undiminished.

Lisa shares a sentiment echoed by many Gold Star Mothers: "It was tough for the entire family." Transforming her sorrow into purpose, Lisa annually participates in the Marine Corps Marathon, with Major Scott Cuomo, Nicholas's commanding officer, by her side— a symbolic gesture of the lasting bonds forged in service.

Major Cuomo, reflecting on their bond, says, "We do our best to stick together going forward."

At Flags of Valor, we stand with families like Lisa's. A part of our proceeds supports veteran and Gold Star family organizations, ensuring that the sacrifices made are never forgotten.

So, the next time you witness the flag waving against the sky, let it remind you of heroes like Nicholas and the resilient hearts of families they leave behind. Through our flags, we pledge to keep these memories alive, promising every Gold Star Mother that their child’s legacy will forever resonate in our nation’s spirit.