Manchin Celebrates Gold Star Spouses Day
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced and passed a resolution designating today, April 5, 2019, as "Gold Star Spouses Day." Gold Star Spouses are those who have lost their spouse in service to the nation. In 1945, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. was organized with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt to assist the families left behind by the fallen members and Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. This resolution honors and recognizes the work of the Gold Star Wives of America and the sacrifices of Gold Star Spouses across the Nation.
"America is forever in debt to those patriots and their spouses who have paid the ultimate price so that we can live our lives in the greatest country in the world. I cannot fathom the pain of losing a loved one in the line of duty, especially someone as significant as a spouse. In order to appropriately honor these spouses for their dedication and sacrifice, we have proudly introduced this resolution to recognize today, April 5, 2019, as Gold Star Spouses Day,” said Senator Manchin.
“Our WV Gold Star Mothers organization continues to reach out to the Gold Star wives. We understand the heartache and hardships that come with the loss of a loved one. Recognizing the Gold Star Wives on this special day doesn't bring the person back but does convey the respect and honor of the sacrifice that was made by the military service person and the families to secure our freedoms,” said Shirley White, President of Gold Star Mothers of West Virginia. Shirley and her husband, Stan, lost two sons in military service.
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