MINOT, N.D. - For the third year in a row a Gold Star mom was recognized in Minot for the sacrifices her child made in protecting our nation's freedoms.
A mom is considered 'Gold Star' when her son or daughter pays the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. This year another North Dakota mother will be honored as the Gold Star mother of the year.
"Twenty one year old Travis Van Zoest of Bismarck. Twenty nine year Corporal Christopher Kleinwachter of Wahpeton. And twenty one year old Corporal Curtis Mehrer of Bismarck,” says North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.
All three men paid the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.
"Curtis and Travis were in the same vehicle. They both were killed on the same day. They were out on a maneuver and an IED was blown up underneath their Humvee,” says Joyce Mehrer, Curtis’s mother.
Curtis Mehrer's mother Joyce was honored as North Dakota's Gold Star Mother of the Year.
"Bitter sweet. Something you don't want but it is an honor to have them recognize you,” says Joyce Mehrer.
"The organization was named after the gold star the families hung in their window in honor of the deceased veterans,” says Myrna Ronholm the North Dakota department of America Legion Auxiliary President.
The history of Gold Star Moms goes all the way back to World War I. Grace Darling Seibold lost her son and started the organization so mothers could have a community that understands what they are going through.
"It's honored to be bless with the friends I do have and that I have made with the loss of my son. We have come to a great bond nobody can rip us apart,” says Joyce Mehrer.
In the presence of the previous year's Gold Star Moms, Joyce accepted her plaque that dons the Gold Star Mother's prayer.
"A mother's tears were shed today for a battle long ago. Her precious gift to a warrior son whose fate she'll never know. Not heroes, shiny medals or courage through their fears. No ribboned badge of honor can match a mother's tears,” says Myrna Ronholm.
"The Gold Star Mothers of these soldiers deserve our undying gratitude for the service of their sons and the sacrifice they made for our country,” says Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.
Governor Burgum has officially made the last Sunday in September Gold Star Mother and Families Day.