President Trump proclaims 'Gold Star Mother's Day'


President Donald Trump is honoring mothers and families who have lost military service members on Sunday.

In a press release from the White House, Trump said Gold Star families have paid the ultimate price for the United States' freedom with the life of their loved ones.

"Our grateful Nation grieves with them in their loss, but also shares their pride in the selfless service of their sons and daughters," Trump said.

Our country is built on the sacrifices of men and women who have willingly raised their hand to defend our Nation and its security. As members of our Armed Forces take an oath to protect our freedoms and liberty, they understand the gravity of their commitment to defend our way of life. And when that commitment results in the ultimate sacrifice, we come together as a Nation to walk beside the devoted families left behind and help them shoulder the vast absence they forever bear. Their loved ones did not die in vain. They gave of themselves to protect and defend the freedoms we all enjoy. Despite their grief, these families bravely move forward with dignity and grace.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1895 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day."

In the press release, Trump called upon all government officials to display the flag of the United States over government buildings, and encouraged people to display the American flag and hold appropriate ceremonies as a public expression of gratitude and respect for Gold Star mothers and families.

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