Friday, September 26, 2008

A Special Mother's Day

Gold Star Mother's Day, 2008

On Sunday the 28th of September, please take a few moments and remember the remarkable mothers who have paid an extraordinary service for our country.

Several months ago, I created a post titled, "Their Stars Have Turned to Gold". In the post, I shared that as a Blue Star Mother, I receive e-mails sharing the lives and final moments of brave Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines on a regular basis. As I stated in the post, these e-mails are difficult to read... for a mom with two sons in the military. However, I am blessed to have my two sons a phone call away. Gold Star Moms are blessed knowing their child payed the ultimate sacrifice for a country they love.

Shortly after World War I the Gold Star Mothers Club was formed in the United States to provide support for mothers that lost sons or daughters in the war. The name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a Service Flag in the window of their homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the military. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star. Gold Star Mothers are often politically and socially active. Today, membership in the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in service to the United States. On the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mother's Day is observed in the U.S. in their honor.

Today, membership in the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American woman whose child has died in the line of duty of the United States Armed Forces. Stepmothers and adoptive mothers are eligible for membership under certain circumstances. Husbands of Gold Star Mothers may become Associate Members, who do not vote or pay dues.

Just as when it was founded, the Gold Star Mothers continues to concentrate on providing emotional support to its members, doing volunteer work with veterans in general and veterans' hospitals in particular, and generally fostering a sense of patriotism and respect for members of the Armed Forces.

The group currently has 933 members.

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Throughout our history, the men and women of the Armed Forces have put our Nation's security before their own, doing their duty in the face of grave danger. On Gold Star Mother's Day, we pay solemn tribute to the mothers of the patriots lost serving this great Nation.

Gold Star Mothers inspire our Nation with their deep devotion to family and country. These extraordinary women serve their communities, dedicate their time to helping members of our Armed Forces and veterans, and bring comfort and hope to families whose loved ones laid down their lives in the defense of our liberty. Nothing can compensate for their sacrifice and loss, yet Gold Star Mothers demonstrate tremendous courage and resolve while working to preserve the memory and legacy of all our fallen heroes.

On this day, we honor our country's Gold Star Mothers and remember their sons' and daughters' noble service and great sacrifice. We offer them our deepest gratitude and our most profound respect, and we ask for God's blessings to be upon them and their families.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1895 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in its observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 28, 2008, as Gold Star Mother's Day. I call upon all Government officials to display the flag of the United States over Government buildings on this special day. I also encourage the American people to display the flag and hold appropriate ceremonies as a public expression of our Nation's sympathy and respect for our Gold Star Mothers.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.



ABNPOPPA said...

Airman Mom,

God Bless you and the boys. My oldest was in the Army during Desert Storm and my youngest in with the 82AIRBORNE and recently returned from Baghdad.

I was not aware of the Presidential Proclumation until I read your blog. I have sent an email to my Pastor in hopes he will mention it during prayers this Sunday.


Michelle said...

I got am email about this as well. This is a great day for a great organization that I pray I am never a member of.

AirmanMom said...

Pops...thank you for stopping by once again and leaving a comment! Most of all...THANK YOU to your sons for their service and for your service as a military parent!

AirmanMom said...

michelle... it is a day to pray for the Gold Star Moms and to give thanks that we remain Blue Star Moms.

DNR said...

Indeed, an exclusive club that know no bounds in wealth, ethnicity or education. I pray that God’s peace be with them all and that there would be no new members.

Thanks for stopping by last week. sorry it took me so long to get around to reading your blog. Stopped on your son's blog, I think I have some pictures for him.

You should be proud.

AirmanMom said...

dnr...thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
Truly, being a Gold Star Mother must be the most pain any mother can know!
Not sure which blog you believe is my son's... To my knowledge, he is blog-free! But, hey...I'm Mom (what do I know?)

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers are the very backbone of support for our country's military. Our military is the spine that supports the framework of our nation and its Constitution. May blessings and comfort come to all those who put our freedoms before self and those that support them.

-USAF vet with a spouse currently serving in Iraq

AirmanMom said...

HopeSpringsATurtle...Thank YOU for your service to our great nation!