NDW Observes National Preparedness Month
NDW Commemorates 40 Years of Fleet and Family Support Program
NDW Participates in HURREX/Citadel Gale 2019
NDW Kicks Off 2019 NMCRS Active-Duty Fund Drive
Naval Support Activity Annapolis Conducts Active Shooter Exercise
Naval Support Activity Washington Prepares for Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019
NSA Annapolis Prepares for Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019
NDW Prepares for Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019
Ceremonial Guardsmen Support Funeral Services for President George H.W. Bush
NDW Kicks Off NMCRS Active-Duty Fund Drive
NDW Concludes Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018
NSA Annapolis Prepares for Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018
Naval District Washington Prepares for Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018
NDW Personnel Get Ready to Give for International Volunteer Day
Naval District Washington Hosts ROC OPS Training
NDW Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign
NDW Announces Regional Community Service Program of the Year Winners
NDW Hosts 2017 Mrs. Sybil Stockdale Ombudsman of the Year Awards
NDW Hosts 3rd Annual Gold Star Mother's and Family Day Observance
Washington Navy Yard Hosts 4th Annual Remembrance Run/Walk
Naval District Washington Hosts First DSCA Table Top Exercise
NDW Sailors Prepare for September Advancement Exams
CNO, MCPON Work Out with Navy Capital Region Chiefs and Chief Selects
Naval District Washington Launches Suspicious Activity Reporting App Eagle Eyes Navy
NDW's Cyber Security Team Plans Campaign for October
One NDW Sailor Selected for Advancement to Chief Petty Officer
NSA Washington's Fleet and Family Support Center Hosts Monthly Classes on Blended Retirement
2017 Feds Feed Families Campaign in Full Swing
NSA Washington's Catering and Conference Center Hosts Open House
USS Forrestal Tragedy Remembered 50 Years Later
NDW Kicks Off Annual NMCRS Fund Drive
NDW Prepares for Solid Curtain Citadel Shield 2017
NDW Holds Change of Command
NDW Volunteers Participate in Special Olympics Bowling Tournament During Navy Day
US Attorney Recognizes NDW Officers for Actions During Navy Yard Shooting
NDW Ready to Kick Off Military Saves Week
Voting Assistance Service Ensures Sailors Stay Registered to Vote at NDW
NSA Annapolis Hones Security Skills during SC/CS 16
NSA Annapolis Water Treatment Plant Fully Operational
NDW Annouces Black History Month Poster Competition
NDW Prepares for Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield Annual Exercise
NAS Patuxent River is NDW’s Energy Biggest Loser
Media Advisory: Solid Curtain Citadel Shield Exercise 2016
NDW AFPAK Hands Live Up to the Challenge
NDW Commemorates Pearl Harbor with Wreath Laying Ceremony
NDW Resiliency Programs Help Sailors Bounce Back Stronger, Smarter
Naval District Washington Announces 2015 "Energy Biggest Loser" Competition
NDW Kicks Off Energy Action Month
Naval District Washington Holds Change of Command Ceremony
See Something, Say Something!
NDW hosts first education symposium
NCR begins Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Annual Fund Drive
Ex-USS Barry To Be Removed From Washington, DC
NDW Starts Saving with Military Saves Week
NDW to Offer Motorcycle Safety Courses
NSA Annapolis Conducts Active Shooter Exercise
Navy Celebrates African-American/Black History Month
Volunteer Tax Assistance Now Open for Free Income Tax Assistance
NDW 2015 Vision
Naval District Washington Announces 74th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Celebration

NDW Hosts 3rd Annual Gold Star Mother's and Family Day Observance

WASHINGTON (Sept. 24 2017) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Steven Giordano, shakes hands with a Gold Star family member at the Gold Star Mother's and Family Day observance at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. MCPON served as a guest speaker during the event, which honored and recognized the sacrifices of Gold Star families. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Amadi/RELEASED)


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Amadi, Naval District Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- WASHINGTON (NNS) -Naval District Washington (NDW) hosted the third annual Gold Star Mother's and Family Day observance on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Sept. 24.

The Gold Star Mother's and Family Day event honors and recognizes families that lost sons, daughters, siblings and spouses who served in the military. Rear Adm. Charles Rock, commandant Naval District Washington and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), Steven Giordano attended the event and served as guest speakers.

"Today, not only do we honor the sacrifice of our Gold Star Families, we also reaffirm our commitment to provide the necessary care, long-term assistance and support to the individuals who carry forward the memories of those willing to lay down their lives for the United States and the liberties for which we stand," said Rock.

The event had a panel of Gold Star family members who shared stories of their loss and how they approached the healing process.

"I can't even imagine the pain they felt when they received the news of their losses," said NDW Command Master Chief Bobby Anderson. "Lois Drury talked about losing her son, Madeline Murphy shared her story of losing her father to cancer, Paul Murphy lost his brother and Nicole Busey lost her husband. Each story they shared was very passionate and showed how beneficial being part of this great team can be."

Words shared by MCPON and Rear Adm. Rock were appreciated by those who attended.

"The event went well because we have a community that embraces this program," said Patsy Jackson, NDW regional Navy Gold Star coordinator. "When you get some of the top leadership in the Navy to embrace the program on behalf of the entire Navy, it means a lot."

"It means that our families know that they're supported from the top down. Their talk to our families let them know how important they are. Of all the other things they could have been doing on a Sunday, they chose to be with our families," said Jackson.

Jackson feels days like Gold Star Mother's Day and Gold Star Family Day are essential to honoring and remembering the sacrifice of the service member.

"We hope that a program like this brings awareness to Gold Star families and that when you see them, you respect, remember and thank them and let them know their loved one is not forgotten," said Jackson.



This is an Official US Navy Website
Switch to Full Site
Switch to Mobile Site