‘Gold Star’ plates honor those fallen in service

A new license plate honoring those fallen during military service will soon be seen on Minnesota roads. Starting Oct. 1 the “Gold Star Families” plates should be available free of charge to any surviving spouse or parent of a soldier who died during active service. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the law this spring, making Minnesota one of more than 40 states to have them.

The history behind the gold star dates back to World War I when a mother began wear a gold star to commemorate her son who died in combat.

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