Representatives from the Missouri and Kansas chapters of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. exhibited tributes to Kansas and Missouri sons and daughters who died during combat serving our country at SPX Cooling Technologies, Overland Park, Kansas, during the week before Memorial Day. The Remembering Our Fallen Memorial Tribute honors the memories of area sons and daughters lost during military service.
Debbie Austin, mother of PFC Shane R. Austin, killed in action October 8, 2006, displayed the Kansas memorial tribute. Debbie Murchison-Perri, mother of SPC Matthew Murchison, killed in action August 4, 2007, represented the Missouri tribute.
"I am thankful you spent the day with our team and reminded them of what this weekend is truly about."
SPX employees had the opportunity to view the tribute exhibits and visit with Austin and Murchison-Perri about their sons and the mission of the American Gold Star Mothers organization during the two-day event. In appreciation of their visit, SPX employees donated $977 to help the group continue their programs and activities in Kansas and Missouri.
“I am thankful you spent the day with our team and reminded them of what this weekend is truly about,” said Randy Powell, Vice President and General Manager of SPX Cooling Americas. “In the spirit of what was traditionally called ‘decoration day’ you have decorated our world with your presence this week.”
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a Veterans Service Organization, established in 1928 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1984. According to Wikipedia, the name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner bearing a single star called a Service Flag in the window of their homes. American Gold Star Mothers continue to honor their sons and daughters through service to veterans and patriotic events.