The mission of America’s Gold Star Families is to provide honor, hope and healing to those grieving any military loss through service in the United States Armed Forces. We include all branches of service representing all conflicts.

We are a 501(c)3 not for profit with no paid staff and 100% volunteer supported. All gifts are tax deductible and we have provided a convenient Donate tab on our home page.

For a complete list of our services and programs please click on the What We Do tab.

Our 5K Run for Fallen Heroes was a success this past summer! Thanks to everyone who participated and our Sponsors who made it all happen! Please plan to join us once again next year June 29, 2019 7:30 AM. America’s Gold Star Families sponsors the only 5K in central Illinois in support of families of the fallen. All proceeds go to underwrite our programs and services provided free of charge to survivors.

Hometown Hero Banner Project Update

This year we launched our Hometown Hero Banner Project which depict photos of Illinois fallen. There are 57 on Orange Prairie Road and four on Hamilton beside the Peoria County Courthouse both streets being in Peoria, Illinois. There are three located in Pekin on Parkway Drive between Sheridan and Court Streets  and seven in Washburn on Route 89..

Deadline for next Hometown Hero Banner Project is April 1, 2019.

About The Banner

Hometown Hero Banners are made of a durable vinyl, double-sided featuring picture of hero and sponsor name appearing at the bottom. We highly recommend using a professional military photograph otherwise picture may appear grainy due to size of banner. Banners will have a life span of approximately three years and will be retired to the family once removed.

Hometown Hero Banners are displayed May – November and are displayed on street lamp posts in the central Illinois communities of Peoria, Pekin and Washburn.


The Banners will feature picture of Illinois fallen heroes who lost their life while serving active duty in the United States Armed Forces or who are listed as Missing in Action (MIA).


Individuals, families, businesses, organizations and corporations are encouraged to sponsor one or more of the banners. Sponsor name will appear at base of Banner. We will pair you with hero from our database. All gifts are tax deductible as AGSF is a 501c3.

Special Thanks

A special thank you to Unes Printing, City of Peoria, Peoria Public Works Department,  City of Pekin, Pekin Firefighters, the Village of Washburn, Rob Lear and the American Legion Post 661 for their partnership in this endeavor and their commitment to remembering our fallen while honoring their families. Without them this project would not be possible.

Download application, make check payable to Gold Star and mail to:

Gold Star Families, 2426 W. Cornerstone Ct., Peoria, IL 61614.

Email picture to:  info@americasgoldstarfamilies.org.

Questions call:  309-231-5090.

Photographs that are mailed will be returned.

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application


Hometown Hero Banner Project (Pekin)

The​ ​Pekin City Council has ​authorized Parkway Drive from Sheridan to Court Street to install Hometown Hero Banners. Images of those who lost their life while serving active duty and MIA (Missing in Action) military personnel. Cost is $250 which is tax deductible.​ America’s Gold Star Families wishes to thank the City of Pekin for allowing this project to be part of their community!

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application (Pekin)





*Organization exempt from income tax

Click here to download America’s Gold Star Families’ 990’s (Dec 2017)

Click here to download America’s Gold Star Families’ 990’s (Oct 2017)