March 6, 2013. Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a resolution to designate April 5, 2013 as “Gold Star Wives Day.” This day provides an opportunity to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America, a volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since it was founded in 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts and support.
“Out of love and duty to their country, members of Gold Star Wives have volunteered to take on responsibilities that consume significant amounts of time and energy,” Senator Burr said. “The qualities of Gold Star Wives – their strength, selflessness and kindness towards others – reflect those of one of the organization’s founders, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Our nation owes these individuals and families a huge debt of gratitude, and by designating April 5 as “Gold Star Wives Day,” we can offer a small token of appreciation for their patriotism, service, and sacrifice.”
The first meeting of the Gold Star Wives of America occurred on April 5, 1945. In addition to designating April 5, 2013 as “Gold Star Wives Day,” this resolution promotes awareness of the dedication and sacrifice of the families of America’s fallen soldiers and veterans.