Honoring Gold Star Families

posted on Monday, September 27, 2021

It's often said to be the award no one wants.

Sunday, September 26th marked Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day--a time to show our love and respect to these special families, and reflect on how indebted we are to every service member for protecting our freedoms.

This weekend, Gold Star families across Iowa received an unexpected gift on their doorstep. In coordination with Survivor Outreach Services - Iowa, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms sent all 600 Iowa families in the Survivor Network a Sherpa blanket in honor of their lost family member.

Jeff and Michael hold a blanket and box

Each blanket and its packaging bears the words 'remember and honor' as a call to action to live out everyday. The yellow stitching and stars represent the Gold Star Lapel Button awarded to families of service members who died in combat.

The family members bravely served our country and should be honored for their sacrifice. We can think of no better way of honoring these men and women by an act of service in packaging these blankets for distribution to the surviving families.

A pile of blankets