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September 25, 2022: Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day
September 25, 2022
WHEREAS, today and every day, we honor the families of American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation; and,
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 spouse dies in active service to our nation; and,
WHEREAS, our state and our nation are safer and stronger because of the selfless service and sacrifice of our service members; and,
WHEREAS, on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, our state works to ensure the families of lost service members have the resources and support they need;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 25, 2022, as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day in Michigan.