About 37 families of fallen military members with Hawaii ties, along with distinguished guests, observed Hawaii’s first-ever Gold Star Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 30, 2012. The event took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (where Don is buried). Luz (Don’s mom) and her family were there to observe. There was a brief remembrance ceremony at the bottom of the stairway to the Lady Columbia statue, after which, all participants slowly and solemnly trekked up the large stairway to lay down the boots of their loved ones and place a 10-foot ti leaf and golden crane lei at the foot the statue. Luz was one of four Gold Star Mothers chosen to carry the lei up the steps.
A Gold Star Mother is a woman who has lost a son or daughter during service to their country.
Hale Koa, Hawaii’s military resort on the shores of Waikiki, sponsored the event and gave all Gold Star Mothers a free meal at any of their restaurant. Luz and her family ate at Bibas. She also got an orchid lei during dinner.
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