Gold Star Families Awareness Month

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, the term “Gold Star” began during World War I when American families displayed flags in homes, businesses, schools and churches with a gold star for each loved one lost in military service; and
WHEREAS, the nation recognizes the sacrifice that all Gold Star Family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in active service to the nation; and
WHEREAS, less than one percent of our Nation serve in our military, and we have an obligation to acknowledge the losses of our service men and women and ensure their families are not forgotten; and
WHEREAS, during the month of May, we honor those who lost a family member who died while in active service in the United States Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, during this month, we remember our commitment to Gold Star Families, who carry on with pride and courage despite their tragic loss:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, as
Gold Star Families Awareness Month
in the State of Alabama.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 1st day of May 2017.
Kay Ivey