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These are the symbols of honor worn by the family members of the fallen heroes. These are the symbols of honor worn by the family members of the fallen heroes.

During World War I, families hung a banner in their window with a colored star to denote a family member serving in the armed forces. A blue star represented a living soldier, while a gold star indicated the member was killed in the line of duty. 

Today, Gold Star Mother and Family Day is derived from the World War I banner tradition. 

Instead of banners, they now use pins. The pins are the symbols of honor that are given to the family members of those that died while serving active duty.

Gold Star Family Members receive either the Gold Star, or Next of Kin Lapel Pin. 

The Gold Star Pin represents a life lost during a combat related incident, while the Next of Kin Lapel is for a non-combat related circumstance. 

Corcynthia Williams, the Installation Navy Gold Star Coordinator based at NASCC, says these families are remarkable. 

"They take that tragedy and they build this most amazing strong beautiful life and they honor their heroes in everything that they do," Corcynthia said. 

There were 60 fallen soldiers honored and remembered today, all with a different story to tell.

Alfredo and Christine Garcia lost their daughter Cassandra Rene just one year ago while she was serving in Greece in September 2015.

They described her as little but fierce, and a true go-getter.

They said one thing she always said to her peers was 'make it a good day.' Now, this phrase is something her friends and family remember her by. 

Larissa Rocha lost her Uncle Robert during a tragic accident on a lake in October 2015. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army. Larissa says she still looks up to her uncle, who was like a father to her.

"Just let people know that you love them because you never know when their last day here is, and unfortunately, we learned that the hard way," Rocha said. 

Gold Star Family and Mothers Day is honored across the nation this Sunday, September 25th. 

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