Gold Star Mothers and Families tribute held in Westchester

Taps is played at the conclusion of the ceremony. File photo

WHITE PLAINS – Sunday marks the annual national Gold Star Mother’s Day and in Westchester County, a tribute was held on Friday to remember the sacrifice those mothers and families paid when they lost a loved one while serving in the armed forces.

County Executive George Latimer addressed the ceremony.

“We can’t understand what the sacrifice of a Gold Star Mother is like, but we at least try to show them a little respect. We at least try to take a moment out of the year, and we say at this moment on this day you are our primary thought,” he said.

Gold Star Mother Hope Hollingsworth-Coaxum

Gold Star Mother Hope Hollinsworth-Coaxum of Yonkers lost her son, 26-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Courtney Hollinsworth, on September 9, 2007 while he was serving in Iraq.

“The Gold Star Mothers is an organization that no mother wants to join as membership comes at a heavy price. Gold Star Mothers are unique as we come from various walks of life just as our children have served,” she said.

The names of all of the county’s service members who lost their lives since 9/11 were read before the event concluded with the lone bugler playing Taps.

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