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Pilgrimage

In March 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed legislation authorizing Gold Star Mothers and widows with next of kin buried overseas to travel to Europe as guests of the United States government. Five million dollars was allocated to cover all expenses for pilgrimages that began in May 1930 and concluded in August 1933.

The army's Quartermaster Corps was designated with logistical responsibility for the Gold Star pilgrimages of mothers and widows. Relatives of more than 30,000 soldiers were contacted and approximately 14,000 women were found eligible to make the two-week trip abroad. Eventually, 6,693 women accepted the government's invitation, including widows if they had not remarried. The average pilgrim was between sixty-one and sixty-five years of age, but many were over seventy and frail or in poor health.

From the moment pilgrims left their homes, all reasonable expenses were paid. The lavish care extended by the government to the mothers and widows...

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