On Sunday, Survivor Outreach Services hosted its annual Gold Star Wives Day event. The event is held every year to honor and recognize Gold Star spouses and their sacrifices, said Charlotte Watson, program director of SOS.

Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, deputy commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, spoke to the spouses and their guests during the event.

“There’s nothing we can do to repay your sacrifice other than continue to honor that in a day-to-day and year-to-year basis,” he said. “What you all represent on a day-to-day basis is just pure strength. When I talk about it in terms of resiliency, I talk about strength. And you are strong, and you are what makes us strong on a day to day basis.”

The Gold Star Wives Day event featured a social time and a painting class where the spouses were given a painting lesson. The event is a way to bring the spouses together where they can meet each other and connect with other spouses going through similar experiences.

On April 5, 1945, four war widows from WWII organized to create the Gold Star Wives of America. In 2011, the senate designated April 5 as Gold Star Wives Day. Every April, Gold Star spouses are honored.