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Standing L-R: Post Champlain Ken Herkey, Supervisor Sheila Meegan, Committee Chairman Jim Manley
Sitting: Gold Star Mothers Betty Jackowiak and Dorthy Meyer
Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo and Post Commander Ron Puckett
with Gold Star Mothers Dorothy Meyer, Betty Jackowiak and Holly Baker
Often the question has been asked, “Who is a Gold Star Mother?” During the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each person, man or woman in the Military Service of the United States. As the war progressed and men were killed in combat, others wounded and died of their wounds or disease, there came about the accepted usage of the Gold Star.
This Gold Star was substituted and superimposed upon the Blue Star in such a manner as to entirely cover it. The idea of the Gold Star was to honor the person for his supreme sacrifice made to his country.
Thus, the Gold Star and the term Gold Star Mother, was applied to mothers whose sons died in World War I and that term continues to be used in reference to all American military engagements since that time.
We are proud that this plaque becomes a permanent part of the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park and the Walkway of Freedom.
Gold Star Mothers Dorthy Meyer, Holly Baker
and Betty Jackowiak
Plaque honoring all Gold Star Mothers and their families.
Serving West Seneca Veterans Since 1919