SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the Assembly honored and recognized Gold Star Mothers and Families during floor session. Assemblymember Salas was joined by Gold Star Families from around the state, as well as Assemblymember Dante Acosta (R- Santa Clarita), who is a Gold Star Father.
The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers’ Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936, to offer support for mothers who lost their sons or daughters during war. For nearly a century, the Gold Star tradition reminds Americans of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country.
“It is a pain that those of us who have never experienced it will never fully understand – but it is our duty to support the mothers and families who have lost loved ones in the military – not only with our words, but with our actions – and to honor the memory of our fallen military service members,” said Assemblymember Salas.
In 2009, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the last Sunday of September as Gold Star Families Day ever year. Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 120, by Assemblymember Salas, aligns with the federal proclamation and designates Sunday, September 24th as Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day in California.
“We honor the mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, and wives who have watched their loved ones leave to defend our country only to see them for the last time. In recognizing Gold Star Mothers and Families, we honor the memory of fallen soldiers for their bravery and sacrifice, and pay tribute to the unthinkable loss that their families endure,” Salas concluded.