Friday will be recognized as Gold Star Wives Day. This is a day proclaimed by the president to honor and recognize Gold Star Wives, people who have lost a spouse in military service to the nation, according to Diana Pitts with Honor and Remember of Kansas.
Survivor Outreach Services at Fort Leavenworth will be hosting a luncheon Friday at the Frontier Conference Center. During the lunch, around 12:45 p.m., there will be an Honor and Remember flag presentation to Amber Harrison-Mena-Martini, the Gold Star spouse of Sgt. Ralph Mena, the last casualty of the Iraq War from Kansas.
Honor and Remember is an organization that works to get the Honor and Remember flag flying as a national symbol of remembrance for fallen military heroes, according to Pitts.
To date, 15 states have adopted the flag. Kansas was the 10th, adopting it March 8, 2012. Missouri was the 13th, adopting it May 17, 2012. Part of the organization's mission is to place a personalized Honor and Remember flag in the hands of every Gold Star family in the nation. Since March 17, 2012, the Kansas Honor and Remember chapter has presented 25 personalized flags with 13 already scheduled and sponsored for this year.
March 19 marked the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.