America’s Gold Star Families experienced a very active year in honoring families of the fallen and their heroes. Below is an overview of those events.

In the Spring Governor Rauner and several other dignitaries attended the formal Dedication Ceremony for Gold Star Families Memorial Highway. The signs are located on Route 6 in Peoria, Illinois
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As our community give back each spring AGSF plants their Freedom Garden. All produce is distributed to local veterans through American Legions, AmVets, Navy/Marine Club, VFW, Veterans Pub and Pizza and to homeless veterans through the Salvation Army.

AGSF held its Inaugural 5K Run/1 Mile Walk for Fallen Heroes the Saturday before July 4. We plan to make this an annual tradition so mark your calendars for July 1, 2017! This is our major fundraiser for the year.
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In the fall we dedicated our Gold Star Families Memorial Marker in Tower Park, Peoria Heights, IL. The marker is the only one in Illinois (at this writing) and one of a dozen in the USA.
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To date AGSF has donated $10,000.00 in scholarships and grants supporting families of the fallen.

Our fourth annual Commemoration featured special guest Lt. Col. Michael Strobl. His character is played by Kevin Bacon in the film Taking Chance.
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National Outreach for America’s Gold Star Families includes our Children’s Greeting Card Program. We send birthday cards along with a $20 gift card to over 500 children of the fallen across the USA. Our database reflects almost 30 states and four countries. We love our kids!
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America’s Gold Star Families hosted the Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor erected in the Illinois State Capitol, Springfield. Throughout the year families of the fallen across the USA are encouraged to click on our Ornament Registration tab and we will be happy to craft an ornament in honor of your hero. For more information see contact info below.



All ornaments submitted MUST be non-breakable for easy storage and annual use. Individuals may submit ornaments representing their fallen hero with the following criteria:

  • loss of life during active duty
  • MIA’s (Missing in Action)
  • representing all conflicts
  • ornament should contain info of name, DOB-DOD
  • optional info–rank, branch of service, conflict, nickname, picture
  • send all ornaments with return address and phone number¬†(this is to communicate with you in the event of lost/broken ornament)

Artificial 14 ft. tree with LED lighting will be used

Ornaments can be mailed to Tree of Honor, 2301 Interlocken Dr., Bloomington, IL 61704.

Contact Info: Fran Maddox, 309-825-5121 or email AGSFTreeOfHonor@gmail.com.

Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor is sponsored by America’s Gold Star Families and the Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox Memorial.


Click here to download America’s Gold Star Families’ 990’s