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President Issues Proclamation in Honor of Gold Star Mothers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2006 – Since June 23, 1936, the last Sunday in September has been recognized as Gold Star Mother’s Day, thanks to Senate Joint Resolution 115.

On Sept. 20, President Bush issued a proclamation declaring that, this year, Sept. 24 will be observed 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 solemn day,” he said in the proclamation. “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.”

Gold Star Mothers have lost a son or daughter in service to the country.

Every generation has produced patriots willing to sacrifice for the nation. Many of these individuals have made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s because of their sacrifices, and those of their mothers, that America lives in freedom, he said.

“In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, ‘There’s nothing adequate which anyone in any place can say to those who are entitled to display the gold star in their windows,’” Bush said. “On Gold Star Mother’s Day, we pay special tribute to the mothers of those lost while defending our country and extending the blessings of liberty to others.”

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