Sunday, September 29, 2013 is Gold Star Mothers Day - Acknowledge and honor the families of our fallen warriors
Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves “Gold Star Mothers” during the First World War, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation’s revolution. Blue Star Mothers and the Armed Forces cherish the mothers of fallen warriors as bedrocks of support and comfort and honors the mothers of its fallen as resilient legacies of their child’s service. The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936.
'A Mother thinks about her child day & night, even if they’re not with her. A mom loves her child in a way that they will never understand. A mom will be there for her child when no one else will. A mom will take a bullet, stand in front of a train, & ask God to take her instead of her child.'
Leanne Sparling - mother of Michael Sparling, April 29, 1989 - June 1, 2011
21-year-old US Marine Corporal Gurpreet Singh from Antelope, CA, a graduate of Oakmont High School in Roseville, CA, died on June 22, 2011 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in the Sangin region of the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, long a Taliban stronghold.
Cpl. Singh was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment,
1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, CA.
Cpl. Gurpreet Singh was born on September 28, 1989 in India. His family came to the United States in 2000, when he was 11. His sister said he always wanted to be a soldier because he wanted to help people. Cpl. Singh, a Sikh-American, enlisted on November 5, 2007 and he served two combat deployments. His service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Marine Cpl. Gurpreet Singh is survived by his parents Nirmal Singh and Satnam Kaur, his sister Manpreet Kaur, his grandmother Nasib Kaur and his grandfather Ajit Singh.