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Family Matters Blog: Honoring Gold Star Mothers, Families

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2011 – Gold Star mothers and families exemplify the selflessness and patriotism that’s inherent in our nation’s military, President Barack Obama said.

The president proclaimed today Gold Star Mother’s and Family's Day in honor of those who have lost a son or daughter serving in the military. This day is marked each year on the last Sunday of September.

“Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America,” the president wrote in his proclamation. “On this day, and every day, we offer them our deep gratitude and respect, and we are inspired by their strength and determination.”

Gold Star families support each other, serve others and offer comfort to troops and their families – all in the face of heartbreaking loss, Obama said.

The nation honors their sacrifice, the president continued, and stands by its service members, their families, and Gold Star families as they have stood by us.

“Today, we reaffirm our promise to care for those left behind, to uphold the ideals for which the fallen gave their lives, and to carry with us their legacy as we work toward a better future,” he said.

Obama called on government officials to display the U.S. flag over government buildings today, and encouraged Americans to display it and hold appropriate ceremonies “as a public expression of our nation's sympathy and respect for our Gold Star mothers and families.”

 

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