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On Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama joined these voices, saying, "No one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families.

But despite its widespread use, the term Gold Star family isn't universally understood. For one thing, it doesn't refer to a medal received by a soldier for valor -- such as a Bronze Star, Silver Star or Purple Heart. The term traces its origins back to World War I. During that conflict, Americans would fly a flag bearing a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces.

The star would be changed to gold if the family lost a loved one in the war. Trump defamed Khan, does not represent GOP. The US Army officially calls the bereaved family members "gold star survivors.

It is not known precisely how many Gold Star families there are, but over 6, US service members have died in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The day was first observed in In , the US Congress passed a law authorizing and distributing Gold Star lapel pins for family members to wear. Gold Star families do not comprise a formal organization, but several organizations representing Gold Star family members emerged during the 20th century. On Monday, a new informal group emerged.

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