Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Kari Hould
PCN Staff 

A Gold Star Family Is More Than Family


October 5, 2022

Gold Star Mother Mellissa Sandvick sits in Malta Dairy Queen with Sons of the American Legion Chaplin Rick Mikkelson on Sunday, September 25, in observation of Gold Star Mother Recognition Day. Photo by Kari Hould.

Gold Star Mother (GSM), Mellissa Sandvick, became a GSM on Oct. 8, 2006, when her son, LCpl. Jeremy Sandvick-Monroe, died from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations against enemy forces, in Anbar, Iraq. Mellissa is the sole GSM in Phillips County.

The last Sunday in September each year is designated as Gold Star Mother Recognition Day. Mellissa was asked how she wanted to observe the day, her choice was with friends and family with treats at the local DQ.

Sunday, Mellissa was joined by those in her life. Past Commander of the VFW, Jim Layton, gave a talk about the importance...

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