Dempsey Lauds New Generation at Gold Star Mothers Gala
By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jun. 25, 2012 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lauded the sacrifices and dedication of modern-day service members during remarks at the American Gold Star Mothers 75th annual national convention gala here last night.
“We’re building on a foundation of greater strength than probably at any time in our history,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.
The chairman recalled the 17-year gap between his own graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1974 and his first combat experience in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
“There was a time in the intervening years when you do wonder … is the fabric tough enough?” the chairman asked. “Will we have courage like our predecessors did? Will we be willing to sacrifice?”
Now, the chairman said, the answer is clear.
“If we can’t answer that question in the affirmative now, we’re just not paying attention,” he said. “The kids that are out there are courageous, they’re selfless, they’re smart, they’re dedicated, and they’re just irrepressible -- they will do anything to take care of this country and what it stands for.”
On June 4, 1928, a group of 25 mothers met in the District of Columbia to plan a national organization that would be later known as the American Gold Star Mothers to honor mothers of those killed while in the armed forces, to promote patriotism and to assist veterans.