They Shall Live is an upcoming documentary film chronicling the lives of American Gold Star Mothers, an organization comprised of mothers who have lost sons or daughters during service in the United States Armed Forces. This is a story about love, loss, and the validation of life. This is a story about the strength of community and human resolve.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization that was created after World War I to provide care and support for mothers who have lost sons or daughters during service in the armed forces. The name originates from the tradition in which families would hang a service flag in the window of their homes; a blue star would signify service members in active duty, a gold star would represent those who had lost their lives in duty.
Most Americans are not familiar with Gold Star Mothers or the American Gold Star Mothers organization. In addition, there has been virtually no comprehensive film on these women and their role in American history. They Shall Live will let their voice be heard.
Now available – documentary companion book: “They Shall Live: In the Words of America’s Gold Star Mothers”
They Shall Live: In the Words of America’s Gold Star Mothers is a companion book to the upcoming documentary They Shall Live, a film examining the lives and sacrifices of American Gold Star Mothers. Gold Star Mothers represent a unique identity in American society, both contemporary and historical – they are the mothers of our fallen service members whose lifelong sacrifice to our nation is often overlooked after the troops return home. They Shall Live aims to document the human experiences of Gold Star Mothers of all generations and their families while bridging the gap between service and civilian culture. They Shall Live: In the Words of America’s Gold Star Mothers will serve as a supplement to the film, comprised of memoirs and wisdom from mothers nationwide, their experiences as mothers of departed children, the commitment to preserve the legacy of their child’s sacrifice, and the means by which they obtained strength and hope. This companion book and the film currently in production will let the voices of American Gold Star Mothers nationwide be heard, a population of American society whose story is one of strength, courage, and enduring love.