MONTE VISTA - The Monte Vista Rotary Club presented the Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake’s Admissions and Marketing Director, Pam Self, with a cake to take back to the Veterans Center to honor and recognize the service and sacrifice of the Monte Vista community’s veterans for Veterans Day. The Rotary Club typically recognizes Veterans Day by putting on a dinner but because of concerns about COVID-19 the Homelake residents wouldn’t be able to attend, so the club, which has multiple members who are veterans and military family members themselves, wanted to ensure they found a way to show their thanks.
Dr. David Hinkley, himself a Gold Star Parent, gave a presentation to the Monte Vista Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon explaining the distinction between and history of the labels of Blue Star Families and Gold Star Families. The tradition began in World War I when families of deployed servicemen would hang flags outside their homes with Blue Stars, one for each of their family members who are fighting overseas. If their family member was killed in combat in a warzone, their flags were replaced with Gold Star flags. In more modern times, bumper stickers have more commonly replaced the flags and every immediate family member who loses someone while they are serving in the military receive a complimentary Gold Star lapel pin as well. The last Sunday in Sept. is nationally recognized as Gold Star Parents Day and April 5 is nationally recognized as Gold Star Spouse Day.