The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day, also proclaimed Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day in New Jersey.
A Gold Star Mother is any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in service to the United States.
The American Gold Stars Mothers was founded by in 1928 by Grace Darling Seibold of Washington, D.C., as a way to remember her son and all of the men who died in the war.
By Presidential Proclamation to honor these Mothers, Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the U.S. on the last Sunday in September each year.
It’s the official day we pay our respects to the women whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation in times of war or conflict.
President Obama declared Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, saying: “Across shores, in deserts, and on city streets around the world, extraordinary Americans have given their last full measure of devotion defending the freedoms we cherish. Their ultimate sacrifice is one we can never fully repay, and the enormity of the grief their families carry we can never fully know.”
“Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America,” said Obama. “On this day, and every day, we offer them our deep gratitude and respect, and we are inspired by their strength and determination.”
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