Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has proclaimed Tuesday, August 1 as Gold Star Children’s Day.
The symbol of the Gold Star grew during World War I when families of servicemembers would embroider service flags with gold stars representing loved ones who had died in the line of duty. They would then hang the flags in the windows of their homes.
Reeves is asking residents to use the day to pay respect to the children of those fallen members.
“Our nation and its principles have been defended throughout history by brave men and women who have willingly sacrificed their own well-being for the cause of freedom,” Reeves said. “This proclamation is intended to honor the brave children who lost mothers and fathers in service to our country. Thank you to all of Mississippi’s Gold Star children for your service to our state and nation.”
Reeves was joined by Gold Star children and military leaders when signing the proclamation Monday. The full proclamation can be read here.