In World War One and World War Two, families with members serving in the military could display flags with blue stars. A gold star signified that their soldier, marine or sailor had died. Michael Anderson Senior of Modesto wants to update the idea.
He’s behind a movement to have a special license plate created with a gold star and the words “Gold Star Family.” Anderson’s son was killed in Iraq three years ago. He says people must not forget what service members and their families have given.
“You know we go on about our daily lives, go on about our business not maybe realizing there’s a firefight going on right now or an i-e-d going on right this specific minute and somebody could be losing his life…”
Unlike other specialty license plates this one would not collect money for a particular cause. If approved, California would join several other states that have either adopted or are considering the new plates.