Gold Star Family Day Proclamation

Gold Star Family Day Proclamation

Gold Star Mother's Day has been observed each year since 1936 by presidential proclamation—beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt and continuing through to the present day. Starting in 2009, the last Sunday in September—originally designated as "Gold Star Mother's Day"—is now designated as "Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day" by an annual presidential proclamation.

The Governor of each state also has the option to observe Gold Star Family Day with a proclamation of their own. We urge the citizens of states without a proclamation to contact their Governor's office to request one. If your state already has a proclamation, please contact our office so we can include your state's proclamation on this page!

The following is the 2020 presidential proclamation issued by the President of the United States.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A Proclamation

The brave men and women of our Armed Forces represent the very best of our great Nation, matched only by the families who walk beside them in their service. It is our sacred duty to recognize the unending and immeasurable sacrifices our military families make in support of their loved ones and for our country, and we are cognizant of the fortitude they show enduring the anguish of knowing that their hero may never return home. On this Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, we solemnly honor the memory of every lost Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman, and we humbly grieve with their families who persevere with remarkable courage, strength, and grace.

Today, and every day, we hold in our hearts those who have answered the knock on the door, accepted the flag folded with precision, said their final farewell, and borne the absence of their fallen hero. Gold Star Families deserve our utmost respect, admiration, and support for their tenacity and resilience, and for the work they do to preserve the memory of those who gave their lives to our Nation.

The true strength and success of our Armed Forces is found in the love, support, and unity of our Nation’s military families, and this is reflected best in our country’s inspirational Gold Star Mothers and Families. Shouldering their profound grief, they find the courage and conviction to move forward, transforming their heartache into hope, meaningful service, and outreach to veterans, support organizations, and other military families coping with the death of a loved one. Their ability to overcome, persist, prevail, and in turn, enrich the lives of others, exemplifies the true American Spirit. On behalf of our grateful Nation, I commend and honor them for their continued commitment to our military heroes.

Americans of every generation owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who gave their lives in service to this Nation and to their families who remain forever changed. On this solemn day of remembrance, we hold these families in our hearts, remember them in our prayers, support them in our words and deeds, and join them in honoring their hero’s ultimate sacrifice. May God provide them continued strength, comfort, and care, and may God bless the United States of America.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1895 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother’s Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 27, 2020, as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day. I call upon all Government officials to display the flag of the United States over Government buildings on this special day.

I also encourage the American people to display the flag and hold appropriate ceremonies as a public expression of our Nation’s gratitude and respect for our Gold Star Mothers and Families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.


Florida

Gold Star Family Day in Florida


WHEREAS, Florida is the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation; and
WHEREAS, for more than two centuries, many of our brave service members have paid the ultimate sacrifice while ensuring our nation remains the land of the free; and
WHEREAS, we recognize the sacrifice all Gold Star Family Members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter or other loved one dies in service to our nation; and
WHEREAS, our nation began observing Gold Star Mother's Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936; and
WHEREAS, this day is commonly known today as "Gold Star Family Day," and allows Floridians the opportunity to pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles produces a Gold Star License plate for Gold Star Family Members to honor their fallen family members; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles states that as of September 2020, there are 1,037 Gold Star Vehicle License Plates in circulation; and
WHEREAS, the Honor and Remember Flag is flown on Gold Star Family Day in Florida to embody the respect and gratitude we have for our fallen heroes and Gold Star Families; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend my support to all observing September 27, 2020, as Gold Star Family Day in Florida.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 27th day of September, in the year two thousand twenty.

Ron DeSantis

Governor of Florida


Kansas

Gold Star Family Day in Kansas


TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:
WHEREAS, Johnson County and the State of Kansas will always support our military and their families who have defended our Nation's timeless truths and great freedoms; and
WHEREAS, many of our brave men and women in uniform have paid the ultimate sacrifice while ensuring our country remains the land of the free and the home of the brave; and
WHEREAS, their heroic actions will never be forgotten and are forever etched in the pages of our Nation's history; and
WHEREAS, these selfless military members have left behind fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, spouses, and children who mourn their loss; and
WHEREAS, these families who have lost a loved one in defense of freedom are recognized as Gold Star Families; and
WHEREAS, in 1936, Congress designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day"; and
WHEREAS, this day is now commonly known as "Gold Star Mother's and Family Day" and is an opportunity to recognize and honor the entire family of our fallen heroes; and
WHEREAS, the first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in the State of Kansas by the "Woody" Williams Foundation will be dedicated on Friday, September 25, in Olathe's Veterans Memorial Park in Johnson County, Kansas to embody the respect and gratitude we have for our fallen heroes and Gold Star Families; and
WHEREAS, Kansas support our Gold Star Families and commend their courage and resiliency.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Laura kelly, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim September 27th, 2020, as GOLD STAR MOTHERS' AND FAMILY DAY in Kansas and I urge all citizens to express their sympathy and esteem for our Gold Star Families and the loved ones they lost in military service.

Laura Kelly

Governor of Kansas


Oklahoma

Gold Star Family Day in Oklahoma


By the Governor of Oklahoma
WHEREAS, Oklahoma will always support our military and their families who have defended our nation's timeless truths and great freedoms; and
WHEREAS,many of our brave men and women in uniform have paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our country remains the land of the free; and
WHEREAS, their heroic actions will never be forgotten and are forever etched in the pages of our nation's history; and
WHEREAS, these selfless military members have left behind fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, spouses, and children who mourn their loss; and these families who have lost a loved one in defense of freedom are recognized as Gold Star Families; and
WHEREAS, in 1936, Congress designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day," and this day is now commonly known as "Gold Star Family Day" and is an opportunity to recognize and honor the entire family of our fallen heroes; and
WHEREAS, residents of Oklahoma support our Gold Star Families and commend their courage and resiliency;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Governor J. Kevin Stitt, do hereby proclaim September 27, 2020, as:

Gold Star Family Day

in the State of Oklahoma.

In Witness Wherof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma to be affixed. Done at the Capitol, in the City of Oklahoma City, this seventeenth day of September in the Year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty and of the State of Oklahoma in the one hundred twelfth year.
Dated: September 29, 2019

J. Kevin Stitt

Governor of Oklahoma


North Carolina

Gold Star Family Day in North Carolina


WHEREAS, a Gold Star Mother has a son or daughter that died during active service in the United States military during a period of war or hostilities in which the Armed Forces of the United States were engaged; and
WHEREAS, on June 23, 1936 Congress, by joint resolution, designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mothers' Day, to be observed each year by Presidential Proclamation; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina has a long and proud tradition of supporting the United States Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina is home to some of the world's finest military installations, to include Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Army Base Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Coast Guard Base in Elizabeth City; and
WHEREAS, thousands of North Carolinians have sacrificed their lives for the safety, freedom, and security of all Americans; and
WHEREAS, less than one percent of Americans serve in the military, and we have an obligation to honor the valor, courage, and honor of those who have fought so valiantly on our behalf; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is proud to be considered one of the most military and veteran friendly states in the nation, and home to thousands of active service members, veterans, and their families;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim September 27, 2020, as GOLD STAR MOTHERS' DAY in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty fifth.

Roy Cooper

Governor of North Carolina


North Dakota

Gold Star Family Day in North Dakota


WHEREAS, throughout our history, courageous Americans of every generation have served in the United States Armed Forces with honor and valor, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our great nation from terror and tyranny; and
WHEREAS, the sacrifice made by every one of these brave men and women is mourned by all Americans, and the loved ones they leave behind have paid a price no family should have to pay and bear the burden of their unimaginable loss forever; and
WHEREAS, these Gold Star mothers and families have endured the loss of loved ones and have earned and deserve the utmost respect and admiration from their fellow citizens for their inspiring strength and determination; and
WHEREAS, all North Dakotans are encouraged to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices borne by these mothers and families, offering support as they continue to honor their fallen loved ones; and
WHEREAS, the last Sunday of September is designated as Gold Star Mothers' Day in North Dakota in honor of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or its allies, or died as a result of injury sustained in such service; and
WHEREAS, we will never forget those who nobly gave their lives in service to our country, and we pay tribute to these brave men and women in uniform by honoring the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who bear the burden of their loss forever.
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim September 27, 2020, as GOLD STAR MOTHERS' AND FAMILIES' DAY in the state of North Dakota.

Doug Burgum

Governor of North Dakota