May 2019: Gold Star Awareness Month

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 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 whose family members died while in active service in 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, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Gold Star Awareness Month in Michigan and urge all citizens, businesses and government leaders to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor, support, and thank surviving family members.