Mothers of fallen service members honored

September 28, 2008 4:49:17 PM PDT
Sunday was Gold Star Mothers Day, set aside to honor mothers whose sons and daughters died during active duty in the military. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn presented gold star banners to 23 Illinois mothers during a ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The program was co-sponsored by United Service Organization of Illinois. It continues a tradition started by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt, who established Gold Star Mothers Day in 1936.