Burr and Boxer Introduce Resolution to Honor Military Families

WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today introduced a resolution to mark April 5th as “Gold Star Wives Day.”  This day provides an opportunity to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America, a volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since it was founded in 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts.  Members of Gold Star Wives, both women and men, have lost someone extremely important to them in service to our country, yet they still have compassion to serve others. 

“Our nation owes these individuals and families a huge debt of gratitude, so I ask that you honor ‘Gold Star Wives’ today and thank them for their patriotism, service, and sacrifice,” said Senator Burr. “These families make great sacrifices for our country so that Americans can enjoy our freedoms every day. Let’s use this day to give back to them”

“For 71 years, the Gold Star Wives have reflected the very best of America with their devotion to our military families,” Senator Boxer said. “While we can never repay the debt that we owe them, we can honor them with a national day of recognition for their patriotism and their enormous contributions to our nation.”

The first meeting of the Gold Star Wives of America occurred on April 5, 1945, with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as founding member. In addition to designating April 5, 2016 as "Gold Star Wives Day," this resolution promotes awareness of the dedication and sacrifice of the families of America's fallen soldiers and veterans.

To learn more about the Gold Star Wives of America, please visit their website here.

The text of the resolution is available here.