gold star mothers logoFriday, September 19, 2014 ~ 11:00 a.m.

HOLMDEL, NJ - The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation will hold its POW/MIA Gold Star Mothers Recognition Day Ceremony at our Memorial in Holmdel on September 19 at 11:00 a.m. Lee Humiston, Founder, Director and Curator of the Maine Military Museum & Learning Center and Archivist for the national organization, Nam-POW, will speak briefly. Humiston has amassed one of the largest collections of POW/MIA artifacts and related items in the world. A portion of his collection is being showcased in the Vietnam Era Museum's Return with Honor exhibition on display through December 2014.

The third Friday of September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Ceremonies are held throughout the country in honor of America's Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, those returned and those still unaccounted for from our nation's wars.

The Gold Star Mothers provide support to American mothers who have lost children in the line of duty of the United States Armed Forces, focusing on providing emotional support to members, doing volunteer work with veterans in general and veterans' hospitals in particular, and fostering a sense of patriotism and respect for members of the Armed Forces. The United States annually remembers and honors the Gold Star Mothers on the last Sunday of September.