Family Matters Blog: Nation Sets Aside Day to Honor Military Widows

WASHINGTON — I’m pleased to pass on some good news. Amer­i­ca will offi­cial­ly rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of mil­i­tary wid­ows for the first time with “Gold Star Wives Day.”

A Sen­ate res­o­lu­tion has des­ig­nat­ed Dec. 18 as a day to hon­or the con­tri­bu­tions of the mem­bers of the Gold Star Wives of Amer­i­ca Inc. The group, found­ed in 1945, includes about 10,000 mem­bers, and pro­vides ser­vice, sup­port and friend­ship to the wid­ows and wid­ow­ers of mil­i­tary per­son­nel who died on active duty or as the result of a ser­vice-con­nect­ed cause.

Read more about the res­o­lu­tion and an inter­view with the group’s pres­i­dent in C. Todd Lopez’s Army News Ser­vice arti­cle “Sen­ate Res­o­lu­tion Des­ig­nates Gold Star Wives Day.”

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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