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After WWI, The Pilgrimage Of Gold Star Mothers

Random House

Of the 4.7 million Americans who took part in World War I, over 116,000 of them died. Many were given a final resting place in American military cemeteries in Europe. After the Great War a program was begun to give Gold Star mothers and widows (those whose son or husband had served during the conflict) the opportunity to cross the Atlantic to visit their loved one's grave.

Author April Smith took this time in history as the inspiration for her latest novel, A Star for Mrs. Blake. She talks with Up to Date host Steve Kraske about the experiences of the women who made the pilgrimage then and tells what she learned from current-day Gold Star mothers.


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