Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

We are a group of mothers who have lost a child who was on active duty in the military. We honor our children’s memories by serving others and healing together.  On this website you will see some of the many activities we have undertaken in the last few years, learn a bit about the history of the Maryland chapter, and find out how to join us or donate to our organization.

Chapter members are spread all across the state of Maryland.  Currently we meet every other month in Laurel, although we have met in various locations since our chapter formed in 2007.  New chapters can be formed (for example, on the Eastern Shore) as sufficient interest is expressed.

SAVE THE DATE! Our Fourth Annual Crab Feast and Bull Roast is scheduled for Sunday, September 18th from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at the American Legion Post #60 in Laurel, Maryland.

Crab Feast Flyer 2016

Delaware Moms:

New members initially apply through the American Gold Star Mothers national organization.  For more information, please click here to visit their site and click on “join” on the home page (highlighted in the text).

Message from the Chapter President

Janice Chance Picture December 2014

Welcome to the Gold Stars Mothers Maryland Chapter, Inc website. Thank you very much for taking the time to view our site to learn more about our organization because we have discovered that many people have never heard about us. This website was created as one of the ways to educate others about who we are, our history, our mission, events, etc. We are determined to do all that we can to make a positive difference in the lives of those whom we have committed to serve as we honor and remember the legacy of our fallen heroes selfless service and sacrifice. Since the founding of our chapter in 2007 we have been serving and supporting our veterans, active duty service members, their families and citizens within our communities. Many of the events in which we have participated are posted. We continue to seek and embrace opportunities to “Honor through Service.”  Please feel free to contact us if you are sponsoring an event where we can be of service, initiating a request for one of our members to speak at an event, and/or to leave a comment. Thanks again for viewing our website.

Janice Chance
Mother of Captain Jesse Melton III USMC,  11/13/1978 – 09/09/2008 , KIA Parwan Province Afghanistan


The Maryland Chapter of AGSM would like to thank Rebecca Bognacki for her work and her patience in constructing this website. It would not have happened without her!




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