Gold Star license plates honor fallen service members

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii has brand new license plates that recognize members of the military killed in combat and their families. They are called Gold Star Family license plates.

Anyone who has lost a child, grandchild, spouse, or sibling can get one of the new plates.

The first two Gold Star Family plates went to the families of Army First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom, who was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2008, and Army First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in 2005.

"Its personal recognition of service of one of Hawaii's finest young men who decided he wanted to serve his country," Allen Hoe said of his son Nainoa after putting the new license plate on his wife's car.

"Our sons paid the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us can enjoy living freely in this wonderful country of ours. This is a reminder," added Mary Joe Brostrom, Jonathan Brostrom's mother.

The gold star family legacy began more than 90 years ago when gold star pins were given to families of men killed in World War I.

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