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Gold Star Mother's Day in Augusta

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Today is a special mother's day- one for mothers who are without their children, children who chose to lay their lives on the line to defend our country. News Channel Six's Tyrone McCoy has the story.

"His name is Eric Truville Christian and he was a specialist in the U.S. Army,"Johnsell Christian tells News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy about her son.

Johnsell Christian says she hangs on to the memories of her son. Specialist Christian was killed in a car accident in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Last December -- shattering the heart of his mother and giving her an honor she never hoped to hold: Gold Star Mother.

She explains, "when you go through something like this you could have a hundred people around you and they could be so close to you, but you still feel by yourself."

Feeling alone, Christian says the grieving process was beyond the help of a counselor and her younger son. She says her casualty advisor referred her to  Gold Star Mothers.

"Every day is Gold Star Mother's day just like every day is mother's day. But this is just the one day that the President has issued a proclamation so that the whole nation would know," Christian adds.

Mrs. Christian says she had no knowledge of the Gold Star organization prior to her son's passing.  But when she needed them, they were there.

She says, "you need that support. Organizations like that -- when you're with people who've experienced the same things that you've experienced, they give you hope and the ability because you can see that I'm not by myself."

In the months since her son's passing, Mrs. Christian says she looks forward to lighting the traditional candle, in memory of her son, for her first Gold Star Mother's Day. She says her son's death has taught her how to live -- a lesson she would like to share.

"What I would like to do is go out and help other mothers, other people who may be in similar situations. It may not even be that they were a member of the service, but I can relate to people," she goes on to share.

Mrs. Christian says she will get together with a group of her son's friends to light a candle in his memory. If you'd like to learn more about the Gold Star Mother's organization, just go to

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