The term “Gold Star” describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service.

The Gold Star first made an appearance during World War I after being placed over a service flag’s blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The Gold Star signified the family’s pride in the loved one’s sacrifice rather than the mourning of their personal loss.

Many Gold Star families wear the Gold Star lapel pin to signify their pride. The lapel pin displays a Gold Star with a purple background surrounded by a gold wreath and first made its appearance during World War I.

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Legacies Alive Presents our 2016 Legacy Project:

When: Starting Fall 2016

Where: Orlando, FL

Why: The LEGACIES ALIVE HOME will help aid in the bereavement process by giving Gold Star Families a place to heal, reflect and remember their fallen heroes, while connecting with our team and other Gold Star Families.

The LEGACIES ALIVE HOME will serve 3 key functions:

  • Gold Star Family Vacation Destination – To Rest, Relax and Remember
  • Legacy Event Space – Host future Legacy Events
  • A sacred place to display Legacy Challenge keepsakes that tell the stories of our fallen heroes

How to Help: Our Fund Raising Goal is $350,000, which includes the cost of the LEGACIES ALIVE HOME, taxes, insurance and upkeep. We encourage you to donate at LegaciesAlive.com/donate

  • Monthly Commitment: Reoccurring $23.50 donation (Goal = 200 Monthly Commitments)
  • Donate one month’s rent: $1500
  • Donate other amount: __________
  • Donate services, new home furnishings, or become a corporate sponsor

Contact Us: If you are interested in donating services, new home furnishings, or becoming a corporate sponsor please contact SaraMartin@LegaciesAlive.com

About Legacies Alive:
Legacies Alive (LA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen and support the Gold Star Families of our nation’s fallen heroes and bring national awareness to the life and character of service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Founded by combat veterans in 2014, Legacies Alive develops a special connection with these families and is wholeheartedly committed to their cause.

Legacy Milestones

  • Army Navy Game
    Mike’s 7,100 KM Hike Across America completed at the 2014 Army/Navy Game
  • Virgina - Prasnicki
    Paying a visit to Fallen Solider Stephen Chase Prasnicki.
  • North Carolina
    Co Founders Mike and Mark hike their way into North Carolina.
  • Flag Signing - November 5
    Gold Star Families Signing our flag as the march on to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Georgia
    The team of course had get a Crossfit workout in. Thanks for having us Crossfit Hightide!
  • Alabama Picture
    Mike’s Wife Laura made her way out to Alabama to cover some ground and keep her husband company.
  • Mississippi
    Paying a visit to our Fallen Heroes who lay at rest in Mississippi.
  • Louisiana
    Gaining more signatures as Mike walked through Louisiana
  • Texas
    On September 11th 2014 Mike’s Hiking for Heroes team walked 70 miles in under 24 hours. May we Never Forget!
  • New Mexico
    Just a small obstacle on the route in New Mexico . . . but with a beautiful sky like that who can complain?
  • Arizona
    Snakes on the Highway in Arizona. Although it was expected it was not welcomed!
  • Wisconsin
    Fishing while Swimming the Mississippi sounded like a good idea.
  • Iowa
    Hitting the crossroads of three amazing states
  • Twins Game
    Thank you to the Minnesota having us out to meet and connect with 250 Gold Star Families
  • Minnesota
    Chris Ring and his journey to swim the Mississippi begins
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    Aloha and Mahalo!
  • Foldingthe Flag - San Diego
    Another Flag Full of our Fallen Heroes Names
  • Los Angeles - Ca
    Dinner and wonderful time spent with a Gold Star Family
  • San Fran 49ers
    Thank you to the 49ers for opening up their home
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    The Annual BCCI Gun Bash in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Oregon
    Signing the Flag…We love our Gold Star Families
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    Mike’s Hiking for Heroes journey starts around the country