ABILENE, Texas -

Military members killed in war are gone, but never forgotten.

The Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW) hosted a luncheon to honor mother's whose children were killed in war.

"This is my oldest son, Joshua," a teary-eyed Tonya Boyd said.

At the mention of her son's name Boyd breaks down in tears.

"He's with me always,” Boyd said. “When I wake up and when I go to bed.”

Boyd was one of eight mothers who joined together in grief for a “Gold Star Mother’s Luncheon,” honoring their children who died in war. Each mother wore a gold star pin in their child’s memory.
"Being here and being with these women who I've unfortunately gotten to know through our son's losses,” Carmen Baliant said. “That's a bond that can never be broken for any of us."

The emotions bubbled to the surface when Amelia Gonzales remembered her son.

"My son came down with an unknown infection in Iraq back in 2009 that took his life,” Gonzales said.

Baliant said her bond with the other mothers gets her through the tough times.

"Those memories can never be erased,” Baliant said. “It's a treasure that we have, that I have."

"He couldn't have made me a prouder mom,” Gonzales said. “He died very honorable, a very honorable man to me."

”This is so that other people don't forget,” Boyd. “I never will."

All of the mothers were given a laminated prayer from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Committee. Mayor Norm Archibald presented the committee with a proclamation. Archibald proclaimed that September 28th is now “Gold Star Mother’s and Families Day.”