May 2021: Gold Star Families 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 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 servicemen and women and ensure that their families are not forgotten; and,


WHEREAS, during the month of May, we honor those who lost a family member 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 losses;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Gold Star Awareness Month in Michigan.