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Gold Star Mother's Day
Presidential Proclamation 2002

September, 2002

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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Throughout our rich history, many of our Nation's dedicated military men and women have served and sacrificed their lives to secure our country, defend our freedoms, and preserve the values of our democracy. Many of these heroes fell in battle, leaving behind family, friends, and loved ones who grieve their loss to this day. Every year, we recognize and honor mothers who have lost sons and daughters in service to our country -- our Gold Star Mothers -- and we thank them for their strength and their contributions to our Nation.

Our Gold Star Mothers help us remember those who have been lost by upholding the ideals for which their children gave their lives. These brave women are devoted to improving and enhancing the lives of those in our Armed Forces, their families, and our veterans, and they encourage civic education, patriotism, and the teaching of American history. These efforts enrich the lives of countless young Americans, and they support my Administration's work to build a culture of service, citizenship, and responsi-bility in our country.

By advancing national pride and promoting international goodwill, Gold Star Mothers serve as models of grace and strength. As we honor their patriotism and dedication, we renew our commitment to upholding the honorable legacy of their fallen children by pursuing a future of security, liberty, and peace.

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," and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 29, 2002, as Gold Star Mother's Day. I call upon all Government officials to display the flag of the United States over Government buildings on this solemn day. I also encourage the American people to display the flag and to hold appropriate meetings in their homes, places of worship, or other suitable places as a public expression of the sympathy and respect that our Nation holds for our Gold Star Mothers.

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


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Add Comment
ellen Hoaas from Oklahoma, US
20:02 11/18/2009
I am the newly elected Blue to Gold Liasion for the state of oklahoma. we are trying to compile a list of Gold Star mothers from oklahoma to do an memorial in the summer of 2010 and I was wondering if you could help me obtain a list! Please! Thank you and God Bless. Ellen Hoaas
nata from Colombia
18:31 08/20/2009
muy bonita pagina!!! los felicito!!!
vania from Illinois, US
13:10 05/01/2009
katie from Georgia, US
14:51 04/28/2009
we love our moms in the wold
18:37 05/08/2008
i think that this is wonderful. its a beautiful story of how it came around. mothers deserve a day for all they have done. n those who have kept their head up while their babies where fighting in the war. no matter how much kids dont want to admit it at times, they apprecciate everything their moms do for them.
tia chiz
15:40 05/06/2008
how can you be a good mother?

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