Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Gold Star Pilgrimages Focus of Veterans Roundtable at Emporia State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Gold Star Pilgrimages Focus of Veterans Roundtable at Emporia State

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EMPORIA -- A little-known pilgrimage to family members' graves in foreign cemeteries will be the topic of an annual Veterans Roundtable meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Preston Family Room at Emporia State University's Memorial Union.

The program, "A Final Goodbye: Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages 1929- 1933," will feature speaker Stacie Petersen, registrar of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., according to a news release from Emporia State University.

The Gold Star designation reflects a paradox of war -- the grief of the mothers whose sons and daughters died in service to their country and the pride they share in that service.

Retired Col. John O. Sanderson, of Emporia, will introduce Petersen, who received a bachelor of science in history from Iowa State University and a master of science in museum science from Texas Tech University.

The pilgrimages Petersen will speak about were a 10-year effort begun in 1919 by U.S. Representative Fiorello LaGuardia and later taken up by the Gold Star Mothers Association. The mothers lobbied the government for assistance to visit the graves of their sons and daughters overseas. About 33,000 of the 100,000 American soldiers killed in combat had been buried in special cemeteries in France, Belgium and England, according to the release. …

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