Wicker, Manchin Introduce Resolution to Establish Gold Star Children’s Day
Measure Would Recognize Children Who Have Lost Parents in Line of Duty
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today introduced a resolution that would designate August 1, 2021, as Gold Star Children’s Day to recognize the sacrifices of the children of fallen servicemembers. To date, there has been no nationally-recognized day to honor Gold Star Children.
“Designating August 1 as Gold Star Children’s Day would help recognize the unique sacrifices borne by the children of our nation’s fallen heroes,” Wicker said. “I encourage all Americans to come together in support of these sons and daughters who carry on the legacy of their parents who paid the ultimate price for our country.”
“No child should ever have to grow up without a parent, and I can only imagine the pain that comes from losing a parent in the line of duty. While we will never be able to repay the sacrifices made by our brave patriots and their families, it is our responsibility to honor their children for their sacrifices. I am proud to lead the Senate in distinguishing August 1, 2021 as Gold Star Children’s Day to recognize the sacrifices made for our country by Gold Star Children,” Manchin said.
The proposal has been endorsed by several veterans organizations, including Sons and Daughters in Touch, the Woody Williams Foundation, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).