Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Setting Sept. 24-30 to Honor Families of the Fallen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate Sept. 24-30 as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.

S.Res.348, which is supported by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), provides the nation a specific time to honor the sacrifices made by families of U.S. military servicemembers who lost their lives in service to the nation.

“The loss of a servicemember in the defense of our nation is a burden carried by families for a lifetime.  It is the ultimate sacrifice by families who support their loved ones serving in our Armed Forces,” Hyde-Smith said.  “It is not only appropriate, but responsible, for the American people to honor and recognize Gold Star families, their losses, and their sacrifices on behalf of our nation.” 

“It’s our duty as a nation to take care of our military families, and that includes the families of fallen servicemembers who should never be forgotten,” said Warnock.  “Our servicemembers and military families represent the best among us, and I am honored to once again work with my colleague Senator Hyde-Smith on a bipartisan resolution that will recognize our Gold Star families and their sacrifice for our country.”

“The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) appreciates Senators Hyde-Smith and Warnock for introducing the 2023 Gold Star Families Resolution to designate a full week to honor all of our nation’s Gold Star families,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder.  “Memorial Day exists to honor the fallen, but Gold Star Families Remembrance Week provides the opportunity to honor surviving military families themselves.”

The Gold Star Families Remembrance Week resolution recognizes the loss and sacrifices of families in support of fallen members of the Armed Forces, as well as veterans.  It encourages Americans to perform acts of community service and goodwill to honor these families.

Commemoration of Gold Star Families Remembrance Week this year follows Gold Star Mother’s Day, which has been observed by presidential proclamation since 1936 on the last Sunday of September.

Hyde-Smith introduced the first-ever Gold Star Families Week resolution in 2018 and until its passage there was no formal recognition on a national level of the sacrifices made by families of the fallen.

Click here to read the 2023 Gold Star Families Remembrance Week resolution introduced by Hyde-Smith and Warnock.