American Gold Star Mothers lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns, Gold Star Mothers Sunday, 09/26/05 Soldiers looking at Vietnam Wall Memorial Francis Turley at a funeral for a forgotten veteran. One of the many markers at Arlington Cemetery remembered by a mother Perpetuating the noble principles for which they fought and died.


Pres: Monica McNeal

Vice Pres:
Secretary: Valerie Marks
Treasurer: Andi Bailey
Historian: Dedi Noble
Wreaths Across America Chair: Mary Bradshaw

Washington Chapter Home Page

WA State Fallen at Arlington Cemetery


Resourses for GSMs

Volunteer Opportunities

Washington State Fallen Heroes Banners

Fallen Heroes Project by Artist Michael Reagan

Merchandise that Honors our Heroes

Gold Star Family License Plate


Sibling Chat

Interested in connecting with others who have lost a sibling while serving in the military? Contact Tiarrah.  She has a brother who is part of our fallen hero warriors.  Please email us pictures of you with your sibling so we can post them on our webpage. TAPS has more information.

Dad's Corner

Gold Star Dads of America have a Facebook page.


Washington State Chapter

Welcome to the Washington State Gold Star Mothers.

We come from different backgrounds, different likes, different dislikes, different cultures, and different faiths. We all have one thing in common - we are all Gold Star Mothers. Our mission is to support Veterans, Military Families and Each Other. We want to keep our children's names and memories alive, even though they are no longer with us on earth. If you want to learn more about GSMs please contact Monica McNeal, GSM of LCpl Eric L. Ward, USMC, KIA, 8.17.90-2.21.10, or 206.852.4559.

Our alliance is to each Gold Star Mother that we encounter.

The Washington Chapter covers a lot of geography - events are scheduled through out the state. As a member you are the best person to get involved in your community and share event ideas that the Chapter can support. We currently are busy supporting the WA Fallen Hero Banner Project, carrying banners in many parades and events throughout the state.

Our Private Facebook page is has the most current information. You will need to request to be a member and we will verify as we want to keep this page for GSF only and a few others that support GSF.

In 2014-2015 our focus is Supporting Veterans.
Our key projects include:

Vietnam Commemorative 50th Year
We will honor Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Moms and Gold Star Wives.

Honor Flight
We look forward to sponsoring some trips to DC to honor our WWII Veterans.

Wreaths Across America
This event happens on the 2nd Saturday of December each year across the Nation. Numerous Washington Cemeteries participate. The wreaths that the WA GSM support are delivered to Tahoma National Cemetery and Grandview Cemetery. We direct all our fundraising that the wreaths will be delivered to these cemeteries. We meet at various locations to participate in the program and to lay wreaths on Veteran's grave sites.

The 2014 WAA Funds Drive has begun. WA GSMs are partnering with 5 locations of Albert Lee Appliances in Bellevue, Lynnwood, Seattle, Southcenter and Tacoma for donations. Stop in and make a donation to buy wreaths for Washington veterans cemeteries.

Washington Fallen Hero Banners
This is a project started by GSM, Kim Cole. If you would like a banner please contact Kim at

To continue to education Americans on Patriotic topics.

Gold Star Family Contacts

To find out more about Washington Gold Star Mothers please contact any of the officers listed at the upper left of this page.

Upcoming Events

  • July 12, 2014 - Fallen Heroes Banner Fund Raiser. Contact Kim Cole at or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman for more details.
  • July 12, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners at Royal City Summerfest, Royal City, WA. Contact Kim Cole for additional information
  • July 26, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners. Seafair Parade, Seattle. Only 80 Banners. WE NEED ADDITONAL VOLUNTEERS.
    * Arrive at 6:30 PM at the Seattle Center International Fountain.
    * Wear Red, White, Blue or combo and comfortable shoes.
    * The parade route is 2.5 miles long and will end at Century Link.
    * Park either at the end or beginning. Paid parking. Expect to walk, taxi, bus or shuttle. Contact Kim Cole at or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at for more details.
  • July 26, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Ferndale, WA. Contact Tami Elliott at or 360.393.0360.
  • July 26, 2014 - Veterans Appreciation Night, Tacoma Rainers. Contact Jane Hughes at
  • July 27, 2014 - Always Brothers/100 Mile March, Century Link Field. Contact Kim Cole at or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at for more details.
  • July 26, 2014 - Always Brothers/100 Mile March, Mercer Island, WA. Cheer/Support station. Details to follow.
  • July 26, 2014 - Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Dinner, 6 pm, Holy Family Parish Dining Hall, 505 17th Street SE, Auburn, WA. Free for Vietnam Veterans, $10.00 donation requested for others. RSVP to or 360.357.7684.
  • July 26-27, 2014 - Columbia Cup, Pasco, WA. GSF Event. RSVP to Shirley at or 253.376.1889.
  • July 30, 2014 - GSF Event, 6 pm - 8 pm, Columbia Tower, Seattle WA. Reception sponsored by Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. LIMTED AVAILABILTY, RSVP by July 3, 2014 to or
  • July 31-Aug 3, 2014 - Vietnam Traveling Wall, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532, 360-740-8875.

    To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Veterans Memorial Museum will host “The American Veterans Traveling Tribute”, commonly referred to as the Vietnam Traveling Wall, from July 31st to August 3rd, 2014. The Traveling Wall that will visit is the largest of the 5 around the country, 360’ long and 80% of the size of the real Wall. Six special programs will be held while The Wall is at the Veterans Memorial Museum.

    Thursday - Laying of the Wreaths: 6:00 PM.

    Friday - Opening Ceremonies, 6:00 PM, LtCol Travis Wofford, Air Force Cross Recipient speaker.

    Saturday - Vietnam Remembrance Day, 11:00 AM, John Plaster speaker. John Plaster in Vietnam ca 1970 after a POW capture; 4:00 PM, Special Guest Speaker Bestselling Author J.A. Jance telling the stories of our Missing in Action. Music by 133rd Army Band the Brass Patriots.

    Sunday - Early Morning Community Church Service, 8:00 AM, Chaplain Stan Baker, speaker; Closing Ceremonies, 2:00 PM, Ron Averill, speaker.

    In order to host The Wall and these events, many volunteers are needed. Committees have already been formed and we are beginning to collect names of those who are willing to help. We are not asking you to sign up for specific shifts at this time, but are asking what job you would like to do so that the appropriate committee chair can contact you when the time draws closer.

    Jobs to be filled include:
    Security - 24-hour coverage is required.
    Set-up and Break-down - Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon.
    Computer searching - for names and locations on Wall. Thursday afternoon through Sunday.
    Uniformed escorts - to take people from computers to location on Wall.
    Museum maintenance - clean-up of site, inside and out, during event.
    Pre-event grounds preparation - mowing, weeding, cleaning.
    Guided tours of the Museum.

    Each shift will be 4 hours long but of course volunteers are welcome to come back each day. If you are willing to help in any way, would you please give us your name, phone number, and e-mail address? You may leave it at the Museum, or call Donna Loucks at 360-736-2147 or send her an e-mail at

    When The Wall was here in 2007, an estimated 12,000 people visited. Most of those people did not come inside the Museum, but just looked at The Wall. We hope for an equal or larger crowd this time and would like to offer frequent, scheduled tours of the museum gallery. In order to do that, we need more people trained to be tour guides. This is a larger commitment that will require advance training, but tour guides are needed on a regular weekly basis and for special tours. If you enjoy talking to people and telling stories, please consider learning to give tours.

    The theme of the program is “To Heal and Honor”. Many veterans returning from war bury emotions deep inside their mind and heart and do not learn how to reconcile with them until 20 to 50 years later. Unfortunately some never are able to come to grips with these emotions. One of the major goals of the Veterans Memorial Museum is to sponsor events such as this to help the HEALING process begin.

    All of the museum’s programs are intended to HONOR those who serve or have served our country. The freedom our citizens and our County currently have is a direct result of the millions of American servicemen and women who have served their country in peace and war! Secondly with the Traveling Wall at the museum we will also HONOR those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

    For more information contact Monica McNeal at or 206.852.4559.
  • Aug 2, 2014 - Hillyard Parade, Spokane. Contact Kim Cole at or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman for more details.
  • Aug 9, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Custer, WA. Contact Tami Elliott at or 360.393.0360.
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Concrete, WA. Contact Tami Elliott at or 360.393.0360.
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Golf Tournament - Honoring Fallen and Time of Remembrance, Horn Rapids Golf Course, Richland, WA. Hosted by Post 4, American Legion, Kennewick, WA. Meal and drink included. For more information contact Bruce Rick, 12th District Commander, American Legion at
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners - Snoqualmie, WA, Railroad Days. To volunteer to carry a banner RSVP to Monica McNeal
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Tacoma, WA. Celebrating Military Service Parade. Volunteers needed. There will be 50 Banners at the Parade. Parade starts at 6 PM. Wear red, white or blue. Contact Jane Hughes for more information at
  • Aug 17, 2014 - Volunteer Opportunity at the Veterans Home Annual Picnic, Near Port Orchard, Sunday10:30 am - 2:30 pm. Help Serve food to the 500+ guests. Contact Tammy at 360-895-4376.
  • Aug 23, 2014 - RUCK Competition, JBML - McChord Field Track. All funds raised will be donated to WA GSM. Details to follow.
  • Aug 25, 2014 - Swim to Live, 8 AM - 12 Noon in honor of Joshua Fueston, Bellingham, WA. 4 mile relay swim, Bellingham Bay. Memorial Banquet at 6 PM.
  • Sept 7, 2014 - NAMES Foundation 5K and 10 K, Pop Keeney Stadium, Bothel, WA. 9 AM Start. You can walk or run.
  • Sept 13, 2014 - March for the Fallen, Spokane, WA. Contact Mike J. Stutzke, Kim Cole at or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at for more details.
  • Sept 21, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Colville, WA. Contact Kim Cole at or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at for more details.
  • Sept 27 - 28, 2014 - Join us for the Eighth Anniversary of TIME OF REMEMBRANCE, a statewide event is being planned to honor the families and comrades of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska's Fallen during this Global War on Terrorism. This tribute, being held in the cities of Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and West Richland, Washington, honor those who have died for their country and the families left behind. The 2014 "Time of Remembrance" committee, is leading this effort.

    Saturday, September 27th the families and fellow comrades of the fallen will have the opportunity to privately meet for a time of sharing, and will attend break-out sessions which will provide information to assist in the process of coping with their loss and sacrifice. A Candlelight Vigil will take place at Columbia Park at the Veteran's Memorial in Kennewick. The public is invited to join the families at the beautiful Candlelight Ceremony next to the Columbia River. The Vigil will start at 7:30 pm.

    Sunday, September 28th, there will be an official State Recognition Ceremony hosted by the City of West Richland at Flat Top Park. Our goal is to have each of our heroes memory represented. This will be the seventh year for the families of Washington brought together for a time of comfort and healing. We encourage all citizens to attend this important event as we give back to those who have given their all. Please help us welcome the Families of the Fallen from the States of Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska for the first time. The Memorial Ceremony will begin at 11:00 am.
  • Sept 28, 2014 - Race for a Soldier, Gig Harbor, WA. As awareness has increased about high suicide rates and destructive behaviors, some very good programs have been developed, but, undeniably, more help is needed. The VA hospitals alone cannot aid our soldiers to the extent required. The funds raised by Race for a Soldier and the focused attention on the cause will benefit and offer hope to soldiers who are otherwise falling through the cracks.
  • Sept 29, 2014 - Sea-Tac Airport to meet the WWII Veterans that are returning from the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Meet Mr. Bassett, (91 yrs) who the WA State Chapter supported for this trip. 8 PM, baggage claim-South end.

    Oct 2, 2014 - Stand Down 2014 - Clallam County Fairgrounds, 9 AM - 3 PM. Volunteer Opportunity. The GSM Lead is Konnie Brand. Volunteer contacts:
    Tammy 360-417-2383, Paul 360-640-0296.
  • Oct 9, 2014 - 50th Commemorative of the Vietnam War at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Honoring our Vietnam-era Veterans. Register here.

    GSMs will be part of the Massing of Colors and possible pinning.
    GSMs attending will need to wear white.

    Sequence of Events
    1 PM Ceremony and Massing of the Colors.
    2 PM Interactive displays at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums.
    4 PM Commemorative pinning event.
    5 PM Event ends.
  • Oct 14, 2014 - JBLM, GSM/GSF Picnic. For info call 253-966-5047.
  • Nov 1, 2014 - Fund Raiser for our Hero Justin Norton. Visit his web site for further information.
  • Nov 6, 2014 - JBLM, SOS Office, Fallen Hero Tree Decorating, 5-7 PM. For info call 253-966-5047.
  • Nov 8, 2014 - Auburn Veterans Day Parade. We will be lining up on L Street NE in Auburn. Please wear RED, WHITE or BLUE Combo and comfortable shoes. The recommended parking is at the Auburn Transit Center, 2nd and A St. SW. Parade starts at 11 AM. We're still awaiting the number of banners. We have requested 100+ so need all the volunteers we can find!!! Thanks! Monica (cell 206.852.4559) will check in for the group, please be at the location by 10:15 AM.
  • Nov 10, 2014 - JBLM, $1.50 per game, $2.50 for shoes, 5 pm - 7 pm. For info call 253-966-5047.
  • Nov 11, 2014 - Elma, WA Veterans Day Parade. GSM/GSF will be carrying the WA FALLEN HERO BANNERS. Line starts at 12 Noon. Parade begins at 1 PM. Please wear Red, White and/or Blue.
  • Dec 13, 2014 - Wreaths Across America, Various WA Cemeteries (enter WA in search box for WA cemetery locations). Mary Bradshaw is the lead. Contact her at
  • Dec 13, 2014 - GSM/GSF get together following WAA at Tahoma, 12 noon. A private room has been reserved and we will need RSVP closer to the event.

    Please join us at:
    Gloria's Restaurant and Lounge
    23220 Maple Valley Black Diamond RD SE
    Maple Valley, WA 98038
    Phone: (425) 432-6880


  • June 25-27, 2015 - American Gold Star Mothers National Convention, Kansas City, MO, Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Details to follow.
  • Sept 26-27, 2015 - Time of Remembrance - WA, ID, OR. Details to follow.

Past Events

Families Gather in Tri-Cities to remember fallen heroes, Sept 26, 2014

More than 160 family members of service members killed in recent wars are expected in the Tri-Cities this weekend for A Time of Remembrance.

The families will start gathering Saturday to begin sharing memories, said Shirley Schmunk of Richland, whose son, Army National Guard Spc. Jeremiah Schmunk, 20, died July 9, 2004, in Iraq.

The weekend will culminate with the eighth annual ceremony honoring those lost in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere at 11 a.m. Sunday at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

Full story at Tri-City Herald.
Photos of candlelight vigil.


GS Families gather to remember fallen loved ones.

Candle light vigil during the event.

A display of memorabilia from the fallen heroes.

Tom Riggs, MC for the event.

GSMs Visit Gold Star Mothers Monument in Everett, Oct 15, 2014




L to R Monica McNeal,
Dedi Noble and Myra Rintamaki.

50th Commemorative for Vietnam-era Veterans at JBLM, Oct 9, 2014

There was a large turn out to welcome Vietnam era Veterans home.
Over 1000 Vietnam Vets have registered and even more are expected to attend.
More from The News Tribune...

“It is never too late, never too late, to pay tribute to the men and women who
served and continue to serve our country,” said I Corps Commander Lt. Gen.
Stephen Lanza, the senior Army officer at JBLM.

Diane Tathum, Valerie Marks and Mary Bradshaw.

Valerie Marks, Diane Tathum, Monica McNeal.

Elizabeth Rose Huttula, Vietnam-era Gold Star Mother, Passes Away, Oct 3, 2014

WA GSMs Support Puget Sound Honor Flights for WWII Veterans, Sept 29, 2014

Family, friends and well wishers await the return of an Honor Flight
to SeaTac airport in Seattle, WA.

Gold Star and Blue Star Moms at the event.
GSMs Andi Bailey far right and Monica McNeal at left.

L to R GSM Jane Hughes, WWII Veteran Mr. Bennett, FSM Monica McNeal.

WA State GSMs Show Their Support for NAMES Foundation, Sept 7, 2014

The NAMES Foundation is dedicated to honoring the life and memory of 1stLt Nicholas Aaron Madrazo, USMC. He was killed by a roadside bomb along with Capt Jessie Melton (USMC), HM3 Eichmann Strickland (a medic), and an Afghan interpreter on Sept. 9, 2008 in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. His life ended that day but the influence Nicholas had on so many people has inspired the NAMES Foundation's beginning.

GSM Linda Swanberg helps.

GSM Jenny Madrazo honors her son Nicholas, the
inspiration for the founding of the NAMES Foundation.

GSM Monica McNeal does the 5K.

GSM Shelly Starr helps out.

GSM Debbi Jobs helps.

GSM Myra Rintamaki and grandson Owen do the 5K.

Gold Star Mothers Attend and Support RallyPoint/6 Grand Opening, Sept 3, 2014

Ribbon Cutting at new RallyPoint/6 facility in Lakewood, WA.

Owner/founder Anne Sputer makes some remarks.

Director of WA Dept Veterans Affairs Lourdes (Alfie) Avarado-Ramos.

Fallen Hero Banners in Prosser WA, Sept 1, 2014

We produced this in Prosser at the Labor Day parade. It will be shown
on several public cable TV stations in our State in the next few weeks.

McChord Air Force Base Does First Ruck Challenge to Support WA Gold Star Mothers, Aug 8, 2014

GSMs Carol Jones Shields, Monica McNeal and Jane Hughes come out
to cheer the runners on.

GSM and SOS Support the Pax2Pax Ride from Boston to Seattle, Aug 7, 2014

GSMs and Survivor Outreach Services support the Pax2Pax Charity Cycling ride
from Boston to Seattle. 2 USMC Veterans, Denny Salisbury and Jay Knight, cycled
across country to raise money for the Johnny Strong Charity Ride for Child’s Play.
GSM Families hosted the riders in their homes as they finished in Seattle, WA.
GSM at the finish line above Monica McNeal and Mary Bradshaw.

GS Families Attend Marine Week in Seattle WA, July 30- Aug 3, 2014

WA Fallen Hero Banners at the Seafair/Torchlight Parade, Seattle, WA, July 26, 2014

WA Gold Star Families are Guest at Emerald Downs June 23, 2014

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