A resolution introduced by Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Georgia Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock designates September 19-25th as as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.
The resolution establishes a national period to honor the sacrifices made by families of U.S. military servicemembers who lost their lives in service to the nation.
“Just as we owe an enormous debt to every servicemember who lost their life defending our nation, we also owe tribute to the families who share in that sacrifice. They bear the heavy weight of grief and deserve to be honored. With this bipartisan resolution, we recognize these families and their solemn contributions to the defense of our nation,” Hyde-Smith, who introduced the first-ever Gold Star Families Week resolution in 2018, said.
‘The Gold Star Families Remembrance Week’ resolution recognizes the loss and sacrifices of families in support of fallen member of the Armed Forces, as well as veterans. It encourages Americans to perform acts of community service and good will to honor these families.
Commemoration of Gold Star Families Remembrance Week serves as a build up to Gold Star Mother’s Day, which has been observed by presidential proclamation since 1936 on the last Sunday of September.
Until passage of Hyde-Smith’s 2018 resolution, there was no formal recognition on a national level of the sacrifices made by families of the fallen.
A copy of the 2021 Gold Star Families Remembrance Week resolution is available here.