The tour’s name is a reference to Gold Star Families who have lost members in American military conflicts. Gold Star Mothers are those American women who have lost a son or daughter in service to the United States, and refer to service flags hung in windows of families since World War I. On the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the U.S. in their honor.
“This is a very exciting time,” said Tonya Evans, Founder/CEO of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation and recipient of the 2013 Eagle Rare Rare Life Award. “This tour will be a physical manifestation of our total team effort to fund and build a national memorial befitting our fallen warriors. We’re thrilled the Atlanta Braves; Atlanta Motor Speedway; Boston Red Sox; St. Louis Cardinals; Indiana War Memorial; Nashville War Memorial Auditorium; Amarillo Civic Center; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Moore, Okla.; Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan., and the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kan., are examples of the teams, cities, and venues that have endorsed our mission and partnered with us on this tour in honor of our Fallen Warriors.”
“As this nation concludes its long military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, we cannot forget the nearly 7,000 Americans who have lost their lives as a result of conflicts since the Gulf War started,” Evans said. “Nor can we overlook the terrible price paid by their families. Every American who benefits from their ultimate sacrifice should be supporting this effort to build the national memorial now so we can honor and celebrate their lives.”