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PRINTER'S NO. 699
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
101
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY KILLION, BAKER, FONTANA, LANGERHOLC, J. WARD, YAW,
DINNIMAN, MARTIN, FARNESE, PHILLIPS-HILL, BREWSTER,
BARTOLOTTA, ARGALL, TARTAGLIONE, BROWNE, AUMENT, COSTA,
MENSCH, BLAKE, FOLMER, SCHWANK AND HUTCHINSON, MAY 1, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, MAY 1, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing the month of May 2019 as "Blue Star Mothers of
America Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., was founded
as a patriotic service organization on February 1, 1942, to
unite mothers who had sons or daughters in the United States
Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, The nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory and
nonprofit organization was chartered by the Congress of the
United States in 1960; and
WHEREAS, Mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers
and female legal guardians who have sons or daughters who are
currently serving in the United States military or who are
honorably discharged veterans are eligible for membership in the
organization; and
WHEREAS, Family members and friends may become associate
members, and fathers of military personnel or veterans may join
the Blue Star Dads' Association; and
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WHEREAS, The work of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.,
provides support for active duty service personnel and families,
promotes patriotism and assists various veterans organizations,
including the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, The work of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.,
is increasingly important because of:
(1) the hundreds of thousands of United States Armed
Forces men and women who have served in Operation Enduring
Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on
Terrorism; and
(2) the ongoing deployments of the Pennsylvania National
Guard and our active duty military and its reserve
components;
and
WHEREAS, The dedication, sacrifice and hard work of the
devoted members of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., merit
recognition; and
WHEREAS, The Blue Star Flag is an official banner authorized
by the Department of Defense to be displayed by families who
have members serving in the United States Armed Forces during a
period of war or hostility in the nation; and
WHEREAS, In 1917, the Blue Star Flag was designed and
patented by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the
5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front lines;
and
WHEREAS, The Blue Star Flag quickly became an unofficial
symbol used to represent a child in service; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the month of May 2019 as
"Blue Star Mothers of America Month" in Pennsylvania; and be it
further
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RESOLVED, That the Senate encourage all residents of this
Commonwealth to take some time during the month of May 2019 to
honor and recognize the dedication and sacrifice of the Blue
Star Mothers of America, Inc.; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize and celebrate the history
and contributions of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to
the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
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