Illinoisans are extremely thankful for the sacrifices of servicemen and women who give the ultimate gift to their nations, but after time we too often forget the family left behind and State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) is seeking to change that.
“This is just a small recognition of the sacrifices that have been made by the Gold Star families of Illinois,” LaHood said. “This dedication of Illinois Route 6 in Peoria won’t bring back their loved ones, but it will certainly say – we will not forget your loss, which is our nation’s most precious gift, the men and women who defend our liberty.”
LaHood is sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 19, which seeks to recognize the loss that is experienced by “Gold Star” Families. The Gold Star recognition began in 1936 to recognize the mothers of lost service personnel and then another distinction began with World War II, to recognize the wives of fallen service persons.
The legislation was inspired locally by Patti Rios Smith, who is President of the Central Illinois Gold Star Families.
Senate Joint Resolution 19 was adopted by the Illinois Senate on May 31.