Gold Star Mother's Day

9/22/2016

WHEREAS, on June 23, 1936, the 74th U.S. Congress passed a joint congressional resolution that designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day; and

WHEREAS, the name, Gold Star Mothers, was derived from the custom of military families putting a service flag near their front window; and

WHEREAS, these flags featured a star for each family member serving their country, with living members denoted in blue stars, and gold stars honoring sons and daughters who had fallen in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, Virginia recognizes the gold star on a service flag as a symbol of soldiers who died protecting our freedom; and

WHEREAS, on September 25, 2016, we honor those who lost a son or daughter who was serving in the United States Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, on this day, we remember our commitment to Gold Star Mothers and their families, who carry on with pride and courage despite their tragic loss;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 25, 2016, as GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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