May 24, 2013

Murray honors war dead and their families Saturday

The Daily Citizen

— On Memorial Day, Americans will remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country: The men and women who have died serving in the United States military.

On Saturday, Murray County residents will honor those military heroes as well as another group of individuals who have made a sacrifice almost as great. The county will dedicate a monument to its “gold star” mothers, women who have lost a son or daughter in service to the United States military.

During World War I, families would hang service flags outside their homes with blue stars representing each relative serving in military. As time passed, it became the custom to cover the blue star with a gold star when one of those family members was killed in combat. The mothers of those service members became known as gold star mothers, a term whose use continues today.

The Memorial Day celebrations are at 11 a.m. at Murray County Veterans Memorial Park  at 651 Hyden Tyler Road in Chatsworth.

In addition to the dedication of the monument to gold star mothers, one of the ball fields will be dedicated to a Murray County veteran. And there will be special speakers, music and food.

Residents of Murray County, as well as anyone who wishes to show their support, should make time to attend the event. It honors this nation’s heroes, as well as the women who nurtured them.