Gold stars start as blue.
The service flag, or blue star banner, is displayed by families of service members. When you see this banner or flag, know that each blue star represents an immediate family member who is serving in the Armed Forces. The blue stars represent hope and pride.
When blue stars turn to gold.
Gold stars represent a sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom. When you see a service flag or banner with gold stars instead of blue, know that a family has lost a loved one.
Gold Star Families have sacrificed for our country. They supported their active duty husband or wife, son or daughter, brother or sister while they were in service. They weathered the moves, the anxiety, the fear, and ultimately, the loss of a loved one.
Kirk Alkire’s service did not end upon retirement.
When he came home from Iraq, he and a friend went on a road trip. They visited the graves of four men who were in Alkire’s unit while he served as First Sergeant. He needed to make sure they had gotten home.
“We went to every one of my guy’s hometowns because… when I was in Iraq, I just had to send them home. I never knew if they…”
Alkire still gets very emotional about his trip, the families that he met and the loss they suffered.
“So, we went to each one of the graves, and visited the families.”
Families like these are the motivation behind the naming of Gold Star Peak.