UTICA -- Mothers of soldiers who died while serving in the armed forces were honored Sunday at a wreath laying ceremony for National Gold Star Mother’s Day.
National Gold Star Mother’s Day is a holiday observed every year on the last Sunday in September.
This is the 14th annual local celebration of the holiday, which happened in front of the post office on Pitcher Street in Utica.
Thomas Buono, President of the Vietnam Veterans of Americans Chapter 944, says the holiday helps to continue the legacy of fallen soldiers.
“This is very important because these Gold Star family’s want their sons, daughters remembered,” Buono said. “They cling on to the hope that their sons, daughters, fathers, and brothers are always remembered. It's one of our goals to always keep the gold star family’s memories alive."
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving in the armed forces.
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