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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA September 30, 2013

LAMOPH National Chaplain A.J. Harrin's Message - Gold Star Mother's Sunday 29 Sep 2013

On Sunday, September 29th, we pause as a Nation to honor the legacy of sacrifice known to our country as the Gold Star Mother. Whereas the preamble to Public Resolution 123, 74th Congress, approved June 23, 1936 (40 Stat. 1895), recites:

Whereas the service rendered the United States by the American mother is the greatest source of the Country’s strength and inspiration; and “Whereas we honor ourselves and the mothers of America when we revere and give emphasis to the home as the fountainhead of the State; and
“Whereas the American mother is doing so much for the home and for the moral and spiritual uplift of the people of the United States and hence so much for good government and humanity; and
“Whereas the American Gold Star Mothers suffered the supreme sacrifice of motherhood in the loss of their sons and daughters in World Wars”
and Whereas the said Public Resolution 12 provides:
“That the President of the United States is hereby authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the Government officials to display the United States flag on all Government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag and to hold appropriate meetings in their homes, churches, or other suitable places, on the last Sunday in September, as public expression of the love, sorrow and reverence of the people of the United States for the American Gold Star Mothers."
“Sec. 2. That the last Sunday in September shall hereafter be designated and known as “Gold Star Mother’s Day,” and it shall be the duty of the President to request its observance as provided for in this resolution.”

On behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary, Military Order of the Purple Heart National President Barbara Cannode and the LAMOPH National Leadership Team, we give thanks to the efforts of Grace Darling Seibold who organized a group consisting solely of these special mothers, with the purpose of not only comforting each other, but giving loving care to hospitalized veterans confined in government hospitals far from home. This group is known as American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Lord of the Universe - from 1918 to today, American Gold Star Mothers continue to leave a legacy of mutual love, sympathy, and support to each other. While sharing their grief and their pride, these mothers have channeled their time, efforts and gifts to lessening the pain of others.

May we rededicate our efforts to live our lives in a way worthy of their sacrifice.
For this we pray, this Sunday – September 29th, 2013.

-A. J. Herran

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, Jim Klug, 541-778-3480
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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