Gold Star Mother's Day


WHEREAS, on June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day; and

WHEREAS, the name the Gold Star Mothers was derived from the custom of military families who put 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, we recognize the gold star on a service flag as a symbol of soldiers who died protecting our freedom; and

WHEREAS, on September 28, 2014, we honor all those that have lost a son or daughter while they served 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 28, 2014, as GOLD STAR MOTHER’S DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.