HONOLULU -- Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii, joined other military leaders and families at Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige's gold star proclamation signing in the governor's ceremonial room at the state capitol, May 17.
Gold star families from all branches of service were recognized, represented and honored.
Commander, Navy Installations Command asked each regional command to partner with its state in organizing a gold star recognition proclamation.
The gold star family program provides long-term support to surviving families of service members who die while on active duty.
Through the program, families may be afforded long-term assistance through coordinators offering to assist on an array of benefits and entitlements.
In Hawaii, the Army and Navy have the only gold star programs in the state. But families from any service can register with either one of the gold star programs.
The gold star first made an appearance during World War I after being placed over a service flag's blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The gold star signified the family's pride in the loved one's sacrifice, rather than the mourning of their personal loss.
Today, surviving family members are presented with a lapel pin as a sign of remembrance. The pin may feature a gold star on a purple background or a gold star surrounded by laurel leaves.
A gold star on a purple background recognizes combat related losses dating back to World War I, including service members who lose their lives while deployed in support of military operations against the enemy or during an international terrorist attack.
A gold star surrounded by laurel leaves and sprigs of oak that represent the branches of the armed forces. It is designated for eligible survivors of service members who lose their lives while serving honorably. This includes service members who lose their lives while assigned to a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status.
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii provides, maintains, and improves shore infrastructure, service support, and training to enable fleet operations of naval forces. The command supports logistic requirements and deployment of Joint Forces as directed by Combatant and Service Component Commanders.
For more gold star information visit http://www.navygoldstar.com/,
http://www.army.mil/goldstar/ or http://www.sos.army.mil/.