HYDE-SMITH, WARNOCK INTRODUCE GOLD STAR FAMILIES REMEMBRANCE WEEK RESOLUTION
Bipartisan Resolution Sets Sept. 19-25 to Honor Families of the Fallen
PHOTO: U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) on Wednesday met with Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) representatives following her introduction of a resolution designating Sept. 19-25, 2021, as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week. Pictured from left: Ashlynne Haycock, TAPS deputy director; Dr. Lynda Davis, TAPS senior advisor; Bonnie Carroll, TAPS president and founder; and Candace Wheeler, TAPS director.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) today introduced a resolution to establish a national period to honor the sacrifices made by families of U.S. military servicemembers who lost their lives in service to the nation.
The bipartisan resolution designates Sept. 19-25, 2021, as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.
“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,” said Hyde-Smith, who introduced the first-ever Gold Star Families Week resolution in 2018.
“Our nation is forever indebted to the brave men and women who laid it all on the line for our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. And for that, their families—who also sacrificed immensely—deserve recognition and our steadfast support as they work to navigate life without their loved one,” said Reverend Warnock. “Our military has a strong and proud footprint in my home state of Georgia, and as a voice for our state in the Senate, I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Hyde-Smith to recognize Gold Star Families Remembrance Week and to remind every American of our solemn duty to honor and support the families of the servicemembers who sacrificed everything to keep our nation safe.”
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.
UPDATE 09/21/2021: The U.S. Senate late Tuesday approved the Gold Star Families Remembrance Week Resolution (S.J.Res.376) introduced by Senators Hyde-Smith and Warnock. The measure passed by unanimous consent.