On the evening of Sunday, September 25, 2016, military supporters across the country came together to show their support for Gold Star family members and to keep the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation alive.
Events ranged from small to large, from individual family events to neighborhood and community-wide events. Some events had guest speakers, others took place at parks and memorials, and hundreds of people lit luminaries along their driveways and sidewalks. We are also pleased to announce that hundreds of individuals changed their social media profile pictures to our Luminary Initiative image on Sunday to show their support for Gold Star Families.
Since beginning the Gold Star Luminary Initiative in 2007, we've seen the initiative grow each year, and this year's growth and participation was truly amazing! Again, we thank you for your support.
This year, thousands of individuals participated in more than 400 separate luminary lighting events in more than 40 states. This amount of support is truly humbling and we can't thank you enough.
We also asked those who participated in luminary lighting events this year to send us photos from their events so our readers can see what this year's events looked like and draw inspiration for events in 2017. We're pleased to announce that we received hundreds of photos. You can see a selection of them in the slideshow on this page.