Gold star parents remember fallen servicemen at wreath laying

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island is marking the observance of Memorial Day with a special wreath-laying ceremony honoring the state’s fallen servicemen and women.

Gold star mothers and fathers gathered at the State House on Friday in remembrance of their loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Though their stories are all different, each parent said they hope residents will remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Gold star mothers and fathers gathered at the State House on Friday.
Gold star mothers and fathers gathered at the State House on Friday.

Lynn St. Germain-Lundh became a gold star mother in 2006, when her 22-year-old son Brian was killed in action. His memory was honored on Friday morning during the small wreath laying ceremony. Lynn is hoping others take time this weekend to pause and remember all of the men and women who have died serving our country.

“I’m not asking that you stop doing barbeques and I’m not asking that you don’t have a good time this weekend,” she said, “Just remember why you have a day off, remember its because of people like my son Brian.”

John Mancini and Richard August echo the same sentiments. Their sons; Army Captain Matthew August, and Army Sergeant First Class Curtis Mancini, were killed in action just days apart in 2004.

“People tend to forget what Memorial Day is all about. We have a flag that flies beneath the colors, the black and white flag to remind people of those soldiers that never came back,” said Mancini. “We don’t have a flag for those who didn’t come back and were actually killed.”

Both gold star fathers have joined a movement to make that honor and remember flag a permanent symbol, nationwide, of the sacrifices that so many have made.

“For us it represents recognition of the sons and daughters who’ve died in all of our nations wars,” August said.

Seventeen states have already adopted the honor and remember flag.

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