Preamble to Gold Star Dads Constitution
For Faith and Family , we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of faith, family and freedom and to preserve the memories and honor of our sons and daughters .
We pledge to consecrate and sanctify our brotherhood by our mutual devotion to America’s veterans, military families and each other and to encourage a sense of individual obligation to our community, state and nation.
Our National objective is to provide public awareness of America’s Gold Star Family Community and to celebrate and honor America’s combat veterans and their families. Further, we endeavor to assist and support, were ever possible, other veteran projects from around the nation thus making a lasting impression in the lives of our veterans by creating a positive outlet for the Military and Civilian communities to unite in a single effort.
Our motto “Fathers Standing United for Faith, Family & Freedom” is not just a catch phrase that looks good on a shirt or vest, it is a way of life;
Ordinary men fortified by the strength of our Faith in God, standing together to form an unbreakable brotherhood, specifically chartered to carry on the mission of Freedom handed back to us by our brave sons & daughters.
We have been given a great honor but an even greater responsibility, one that can only be accomplished by standing tall & proud with other Patriots. If this sounds like something you have been missing in your life, come join us and experience the full impact of the remarkable legacy your children have left for you.
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Our heroes’ lives count. They may not have turned out the way we wanted but their lives are perfect, important, and worth remembering especially this time of year.
The following message was reprinted from the American Hero blog by permission of Michael & Lynn Klasno, Gold Star Parents of Sgt Rhys W. Klasno.
I’m spinning. It’s the time of the year I am sure. My thoughts and feelings are jumbled up in my head; happiness and sadness, anticipation and disappointment, crowds and loneliness. This is the time of family traditions. It is also the time that we brood on traditions gone awry.
We think about how our Christmas seasons, in fact all of our holidays, have changed since our heroes left us. We see light-hearted moods, joy and happiness, but we feel a sliver of our own happiness is gone and cannot be retrieved. For some suffering a recent loss, the holiday season becomes positively dismal. What is there to celebrate, after all?
My answer? Celebrate a life. Celebrate a life well-lived. Remember all of those funny memories of your hero. Remember the accomplishments. Remember their friends. Tell their stories. Hear stories about them from others. Share your pride in the man or woman your hero became; a person that chose to defend the ideas of freedom no matter what the cost. Celebrate the impact your hero had on others, no matter how small. Celebrate all who are left behind to honor forever the memory of your son or daughter.
No matter what the circumstances, a tragic loss can become a building block in the time we spend on this earth. Our lives are made up of building blocks of experiences that we cobble together and call our life. The blocks are not always the perfect cube selected off the top of the pile, but those blocks were given to us with divine instructions to put it together and make it count. Our pile of life’s building blocks is selected before we even appear on this earth, known as we are by our Creator before we are in the womb.
Our heroes’ lives count. They may not have turned out the way we wanted but their lives are perfect, important, and worth remembering. That’s the joy of this season and every season. Celebrate that life and give thanks you were chosen to be a part of it.
We are proud to announce a new Bronze Level National Partner. Raahagues Pheasant Club in southern California. We want to thank Tony Hendy and Pete Tiano the owners of Raahagues Pheasant Club for this great opportunity to partner and honor the Gold Star Dads and our OEF – OIF Injured Veterans.
During the 2012/2013 season Gold Star Dads of America will be sending 3 shoot teams to hunt the finest ringneck pheasant and chukars available on the 400 acre private ranch in Corona, California. Each of the three hunting trips donated by Raahagues will consist of two (2) OEF – OIF – OND Injured Veterans and two (2) Gold Star Dad. Also included is an experienced handler and hunting dog to make this a truly memorable experience.
For more information about the many services offered at Raahagues Pheasant Club please visit their websites.
We are proud to announce a new Bronze Level National Partner. RAM Duck & Goose specializing in Duck and Goose hunts in Northern California.
During the 2012/2013 Season Gold Star Dads of America will be sending up to 4 OEF – OIF Injured Veterans and 4 Gold Star Dads on all expense paid hunting trips they will remember for a lifetime. Each of the four hunting trips donated by RAM will consist of one (1) OEF – OIF Veterans and one (1) Gold Star Dad.
You can read all about RAM Duck & Goose and their sponsorship of Gold Star Dads of America and our Operation Noble Warrior project.