A Holiday Message from Gold Star Mission President, Barry Tobias

  The holiday season can, and usually is, a joyous time as families and friends come together to celebrate. As our Gold Star families come together, they are reminded that they have lost loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also remind us that this is time to celebrate how their loved ones lived and help everyone to “Always Remember and Never Forget.”

  Gold Star families want to share the stories of how they lived. We often hear stories of what they did as a child and throughout their lives. Many of these stories bring smiles, laughter and are memories of a specific event or time. These stories may and often involve many of us, and there is a possibility that there are stories that have yet to be shared.

  This is a time to celebrate how and what they did while they were here, and these stories need to be shared over and over. Many of us during this time may be a parent, spouse, sibling, best friend, neighbor, veteran or just someone who comes into their lives for the first time. It’s important for us all to celebrate and ask or share these stories. The holidays are a time to celebrate and remember them and its ok to ask how they lived and what they did.

  So, whether this is the first time you come into a Gold Star family’s life you need to look at where you are coming into their lives to “Always Remember and Never Forget” how they lived. While it’s ok to say I am so sorry for what happened, it’s more important to ask and share the stories of these heroes’ lives and how and what they did.

  So, that is your reason to reach out this season and share a story of how these men and women lived their lives. Ask a Gold Star Family to share how their loved ones lived their lives and you will be surprised what you may learn about these fallen heroes. You may shed a tear or two, but you will also learn how they lived and share great stories which will bring a smile and laughter of how and why they lived.

"Always Remember Never Forget"

Gold Star Mission President
Barry Tobias

 

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The Gold Star Mission seeks to honor and support our Illinois Gold Star Families by preserving the memory of their Illinois Fallen Military Service Members. In 2017, we began offering scholarships in honor of our Illinois Fallen Military Service Members to those who exemplify selfless service in their own communities. Since then, we have awarded $249,000.00 in scholarships honoring our Fallen.
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Paying Tribute to fallen heroes and their families.

The Gold Star Mission is an opportunity to ensure that these service members'
names live on forever, and that their sacrifices create opportunities to enrich
the lives of others. Thus, we must Never Forget.

 

Paying Tribute to fallen heroes
and their families.

The Gold Star Mission is an opportunity to ensure that these service members'
names live on forever, and that their sacrifices create opportunities to enrich
the lives of others. Thus, we must Never Forget.

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34
(Thru June 2023)

Bicycle Event Miles
116,185
(Thru September 2022)

Scholarships Awarded
249
(Thru March 2023)

Miles Ran/Walked
8,207
(Thru April 2023)

Volunteers
300+ Over 13,700 hours
(Thru July 2023)

Fallen Hero History Project Videos
7
(Thru AUgust 2023)
2019 Run for the Fallen
Day 3 - Gold Star Mission 500 Recap
2018 Gold Star Mission 500 | Facebook Timeline Photos
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The Gold Star Mission seeks to honor and support our Illinois Gold Star Families by preserving the memory of their Illinois Fallen Military Service Members. In 2017, we began offering scholarships in honor of our Illinois Fallen Military Service Members to those who exemplify selfless service in their own communities. Since then, we have awarded $249,000.00 in scholarships honoring our Fallen.
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