West Texans Commemorate Gold Star Mother's Day

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- For more than 60 years, Gold Star Mother's Day is honored on the last Sunday in September. This year, the day landed during the Pow-Wow celebrations and members felt it was their duty to pay a tribute to these brave mothers.

"One of the things we have always known is to give back to our community and these people have given the ultimate for our community and so we have to pay tribute to them," Chief Luis Tijerina with the Comanche Tribe Pecos Region, said.

And while the beat of the drums kept the rhythm and the trumpet lead taps, these mothers reflected on their sons.

"He had a good connection with everyone, everything he did.  Sometimes it's really hard to describe him, because you hear every parent say 'my kid was great,' but he was extremely good," Gold Star Mother Randy Leta Henson, said.

"His smile and he always cared about everybody, he was very laid back and was very caring about everybody else, he was always concerned about others," Gold Star Mother Ronda Higdon, said.

Between tears and smiles, there was pride.

"It's hard to explain, we are pretty proud of him and each and everyone that has given the ultimate sacrifice," Henson said.

"The taps I always think of the funeral, I just think of that moment and the pain that I felt at that moment, but at the same time it's part of the ceremony, you're proud but it hurt," Higdon said.

On Sunday, many displayed American flags in government buildings all in sympathy and respect for Gold Star Mothers.