WHEREAS, the term "Gold Star" began during World War I when American families displayed flags in homes, businesses, schools and churches with a gold star for each loved one lost in military service; and,
WHEREAS, today, the nation recognizes the sacrifice that all Gold Star family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in active service to our nation; and,
WHEREAS, we have an obligation to acknowledge the losses of our service men and women and ensure their families are not forgotten; and,
WHEREAS, during the month of May we honor those who lost a family member and those who died while in active service in the United States Armed Forces; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we remember our commitment to Gold Star Families, who carry on with pride and courage despite their tragic loss;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Gold Star Awareness Month in Michigan.