Saturday evening (February 3rd )we held our first annual Gold Star Mission appreciation banquet. The purpose of the event was to successfully close the 2017 season by thanking the team, the supporters, the donors, but most importantly to award the scholarships and to allow the Gold Star Families to see how we are executing our mission to preserve their loved ones name; through the academic scholarships.
We had 150+ attendees, 12 Gold Star families, 14 Scholarship recipients with their parents and family, multiple general officers, and many donors and sponsors.
The evening was highlighted by a motivating speech by MG (ret) Enyart who challenged the team and challenged the scholarship recipients to carry on the name of the Fallen Soldiers and Airmen they are receiving the scholarships in honor of. He also spoke of the power of the idea, the power of the team, and how now they are members of our organization.
Also, Mrs. Nitta Cross (mother of SSG Kyle Wehrly) gave an emotional and amazing speech about who her son was. This speech was peppered with stories of his childhood, his love for his family, and his actions which made him the devoted and selfless Soldier that he was.
We look forward to the next chapter of Gold Star Mission’s journey to ensure the legacy of our Fallen Heroes.