This Memorial Day weekend, the General Assembly approved State Senator Karen McConnaughay's (R-St. Charles) legislation designating Gold Star Family Day, which will now be held the day after Gold Star Mother’s Day.
"This Memorial Day weekend we should all remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but we must not overlook those who supported their service,” said Sen. McConnaughay. “The importance of Gold Star Family Day is even more evident today, when the nation recognizes the sacrifice made by all Gold Star families, whose loved one has died in service to our nation.”
Gold Star Family Day is a day to be observed throughout the state to honor the families of those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. armed services during a time of war or hostilities.
The term Gold Star Family is a reference that comes from the Service Flag. During World War I, these flags and banners were first flown by families. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. The blue star was replaced by a gold star if that loved one died.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of honoring the families of those who have lost a loved one in combat,” said Sen. McConnaughay. "They, too, have sacrificed for their country, and they are deserving of our compassion and utmost respect."