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Newhouse Introduces Resolution to Honor Gold Star Families

September 23, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.Res. 675, a resolution to establish a national period to honor the sacrifices made by the families of U.S. military servicemembers who lost their lives in service to the nation.

The resolution designates Sept. 19-25, 2021, as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.

“We owe an enormous debt to the men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect our nation and the values we all hold so dear. But we also owe an enormous debt to those whom they have left behind, their widows, orphans, and other loved ones,” said Rep. Newhouse. “To them, the loss is as tangible as a missing family member or a chair at the table that can never be filled. With this resolution, we honor and recognize these families and commit to celebrating the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“We thank Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04) for introducing this important resolution recognizing the extraordinary and ongoing sacrifice of families who have lost loved ones serving in our Armed Forces,” said Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). “We are heartened by the inclusiveness of the resolution that guarantees that no surviving military family is forgotten.”

Click here to read the full text of the resolution.

Background:

  • The Gold Star Families Remembrance Week resolution recognizes the loss and sacrifices of families in support of fallen member of the Armed Forces, as well as veterans.  It encourages Americans to perform acts of community service and good will to honor these families.
  • Commemoration of Gold Star Families Remembrance Week serves as a build up to Gold Star Mother’s Day, which has been observed by presidential proclamation since 1936 on the last Sunday of September.

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