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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 30, 2021 01:08 PM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano and Sen. Lisa Baker
To: All Senate members
Subject: Gold Star Mothers Day (September 26th)
In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution designating September 26th as “Gold Star Mother’s Day” in Pennsylvania.
Gold Star Mothers are mothers who lost sons or daughters in service of the United States Armed Forces.  The national organization -- American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. -- was originally formed in 1928 for mothers of those lost in World War I, and it holds a congressional charter.  Its name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a service flag in the windows of their homes. The service flag had a star for each family member in the Armed Forces. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives in combat were represented by a gold star.

Congress issued a joint resolution on June 23, 1936, establishing the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day and requested the issuance of a presidential proclamation each year in solemn tribute to these grieving mothers and their inspiring patriotism.

With this resolution, we extend our deepest reverence, sorrow and gratitude to our Commonwealth’s Gold Star Mothers, as they continue their mournful journey, struggle to overcome a mother’s greatest heartache, and honor their lost children and their heroic legacy.  Please join us in sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR161