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Gold Star Families Remembrance Week honors families of fallen heroes

The Gold Star Family Member lapel pin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
September 26, 2023

U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) introduced a bipartisan resolution to the House of Representatives last week to designate September 24 to September 30, 2023, as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.”

“Joining the military is truly a family commitment to our country,” Rodgers said. “Tragically, for some, that commitment includes a loved one making the ultimate sacrifice. As Americans, it’s important that we not only honor the lives of those who gave their last breath for our freedom, but also remember the pain and heartache of the loved ones they left behind. I’m proud to help introduce this resolution to recognize Gold Star Families and ensure they have the unwavering support of an eternally grateful nation.”

In a post on X regarding the introduction of the Gold Star Families Remembrance Week Resolution, Newhouse said U.S. military members and their families have “sacrificed so much for our country.” He urged that the United States not only owes an “enormous debt” to the country’s fallen heroes but also to the families of those who have died in service to the Nation.

“During Gold Star Families Remembrance Week, we honor the surviving families by recognizing their immense sacrifice and ensure our nation’s fallen heroes will always be remembered,” he said.

Last Monday, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution by U.S. Sens Cindy Hydensmith (R-Miss) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), which designated Sept. 24-30 as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.

The observance of Gold Star Families Remembrance Week is in conjunction with Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which has been observed since 1936 on the last Sunday in the month of September, according to Big Country News. This year’s Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day was observed on September 24.

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In an official proclamation, President Joe Biden stated, “On Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, we grieve for those who paid the ultimate price to keep our Nation safe and secure and for the families who will always feel their absence. May we continue to honor their sacrifice by working toward that more perfect union, for which so many patriots lived and died, and may we always keep faith with our Gold Star families who carry their light forward each day.”