Grace Darling Seibold lost her son during World War I in Baupaume, France, August 26, 1918. His body was never recovered. Grace, realizing that self-contained grief is self-destructive, devoted her time and efforts to not only working in the hospital but extending the hand of friendship to other mothers whose sons had lost their lives in military service.
She organized a group consisting solely of these special mothers with the purpose of comforting each other, and giving loving care to hospitalized veterans confined in government hospitals far from home.
The organization was named after the Gold Star that families hung in their windows in honor of the deceased veteran.
After years of planning, on June 4, 1928, twenty-five mothers met in Washington, D.C. to establish the national organization, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
The success of the organization continues because of the bond of mutual love, sympathy, and support of the many loyal, capable and patriotic mothers who, while sharing their grief and their pride, have channeled their time, efforts and gifts to lessening the pain of others.
Gold Star Mothers stand tall and proud by honoring their children, assisting veterans, supporting a nation and healing with each other.
Lakeview Park’s Goldstar Mother’s Rose Bed was re-dedicated on Sunday 28, 2008, at 3pm. Dan Martin, Director of the Lorain County Metro Parks, was Master of Ceremonies. Cookie McLoda, Chairman of the Board of Park Commissioner, Edie Deyarmin, President of the Northeast Ohio Gold Star Mother’s Association spoke, and Richard Fortney, the Executive Director of TrueNorth Cultural Arts, provided the music. The invocation was given by Commander Richard Grimes of American Legion Post #30.