What Does the Gold Star Represent?

Gold Star Service Banner. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army
Perhaps you've traveled by a house and noticed a banner with a gold star hanging in the window. In some instances, you may see more than one gold star affixed. Curious, you wonder what the gold star means.

The gold star represents a military family member was killed in action. For example, banners, also called service flags, containing two gold stars indicates two servicemembers from that particular family were killed in combat.

For families who've made the ultimate sacrifice, displaying the banners year-round is a solemn way to honor and pay tribute to their loved one(s).