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Mayor Jerry L. Demings to Pay Tribute to Gold Star Mothers & Families Virtually Hosted by the Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council

Orange County GovernmentWHAT: The last Sunday in September is designated as Gold Star Mother’s Day. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially designated this day as a public expression of love, sorrow and reverence from the people of the United States to Gold Star Mothers and their families.

This year, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings will participate in the Third Annual Gold Star Mothers and Families Day Ceremony hosted by the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council. During this virtual event, Gold Star families, who have lost a loved one during any period of war or hostilities in which the U.S. Armed Forces were engaged, will be recognized. This event will allow members of the community to understand the price that a family of a fallen service member has paid for our freedom.

This special 30-minute ceremony featuring over 20 local fallen soldiers was filmed on location at the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the VA Medical Center in Lake Nona.  This serene park provides the community a place to honor and remember the Central Floridians who died while serving our country.

For more information about the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park, please visit


  • Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings
  • First Sergeant Daila Espeut-Jones, U.S. Army (Ret.), Chair, Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council
  • Paulette Julien, U.S. Navy Veteran, Chaplain, Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council
  • Colonel DeLloyd Voorhees, Jr., US Army Retired, President Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation
  • Timothy J. Cooke, Director/CEO, Orlando VA Healthcare System
  • Master Sergeant Typana Edwards, U.S. Army
  • Jo Ann Maitland, National President, American Gold Star Mothers


Sunday, September 26, 2021
9 a.m. – 30 Minute Virtual Program

WATCH: Orange TV will broadcast the virtual ceremony.  Viewing options include Channel 488 on Spectrum, Channel 9 on Comcast, 1081 CenturyLink Prism TV, WSWF Channel 10.2 (over the air), stream live at and you can view via the Orange TV app on ROKU in the Education category.

Orange County Gold Star Mothers and Families Day Ceremony | September 26, 2021

To learn more about the Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Council as well as resources and services available to Veterans, please visit:

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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