To participate in the national Gold Star Family Day, Carroll Hospice is lighting up the street corners around its property to honor Carroll’s fallen heroes.
The center is joining organizations and individuals around the country this year to take part in Gold Star Legacy’s Luminary Initiative, to raise awareness of — and support for — Gold Star Family Day at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster.
“The reason we are getting involved is we have a program that's called We Honor Veterans,” said Kim Benson, the volunteer coordinator at Carroll Hospice. “It’s a partnership that we have with our hospice, the [Department of Veterans Affairs] and other veteran communities.”
Carroll Hospice networks with area services, she said, and holds events to recognize veterans.
“The biggest thing,” Benson said, “is that, what we have heard from other Gold Star mothers is that their child who they lost in battle — they know what they’re doing is dangerous, but they don't want what they are doing to be forgotten.
“So this kind of brings some remembrance for those people,” she said, “but also our goal is, by showing a large number [of luminaries], a sight to behold, we want to let the families know that we are supporting them too.”
On the evening of Sept. 30, paper bags with gold stars on them — some with the names of fallen heroes — will be placed around Carroll Hospice’s memorial sidewalk outside its inpatient hospice care center, Dove House, and on the sidewalk where Md. 32 meets Stoner Avenue.