Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Mothers Day

Upcoming event with short deadline

Some people are not aware that the last Sunday in September is designated as Gold Star Mother’s Day. Observing the day began in 1936, and has been expanded to be more inclusive by adding the surviving family members. This year it is Sunday, September 27.

The Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council will recognize those who lost a loved one during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces were engaged. This day and event will allow members of the community to know the price that a family had paid in the cause of freedom.

If you are such a mother or family member, or know such local families, please choose to participate.

Submit a picture of the loved one for inclusion in this first time Virtual GSM&F ceremony on Sunday, September 27 beginning at 10am:

  • Submit a photograph in an email to no later than Fri. 11 Sep 2020
  • Put GSM Photo in Subject Line of the email
  • Photos must be of high resolution – JPEG with at least 300dpi
  • Include veteran’s name, branch of service, dates of service, status (KIA, MIA, POW, etc)
  • If you have a video of the warrior, that could also be submitted instead of the photograph. Video: in horizontal, not vertical. Quality should be as high as possible.
  • Make sure to include your name and relationship (mother, father, brother, sister, etc.) and your address and phone number. (Your contact information will remain private within the Veterans Council. It will allow us to personally invite you next year and to any other future memorial event.)

Again, the photos need to be received by Fri. Sept 11!

The pictures of these casualties will be compiled into a series of photos that will be broadcast on Orange TV – at 10am on Sun. Sept 27 and repeatedly aired. Again, this day and event will allow members of the community to honor and know the price that a family has paid in the cause of freedom. The ceremony and photos can be accessed through a link at;

For additional information, please contact OC Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council President, Daila “Dee” Espeut-Jones, at or 407-924-0810 

I can also help facilitate with these efforts.

Veterans in crisis – For you or someone you know. Suicide is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone and care should be sought immediately by calling 911. Free, confidential resources are instantly available through the Military Crisis Line to aid you if you are in crisis.

  • Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, 
  • OR chat online now for 24/7 access to trained counselors who understand what service members and military families are coping with. Website at
  • OR: text 838255 for 24/7 confidential assistance. They are there because they care….

Caring and sharing,

Cathy Haynes  chaynes11629@yahoo .com
(Secretary of the Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council)
Member/volunteer/supporter of numerous veteran and military organizations 407-239-8468