Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the full State Assembly honored and recognized Blue and Gold Star families during today’s floor session.
The reference to the Blue and Gold Star comes from the custom of families of servicemen or servicewomen hanging a service flag in the window of their homes displaying a blue star for every living family member in the service and a gold star for those who have perished.
“Most of us cannot begin to imagine the sacrifice made by our Blue and Gold Star families,” said Assemblymember Salas. “California has lost more service members than any other state and we have to do everything we can for those families and honor their strength and sacrifice. Our service members, veterans, and their families inspire us through their poise and resilience and deserve all of our recognition and support.”
Blue Star Families is the largest and fastest growing military family organization in the country and has inspired more than 26 million hours of volunteer service nationwide. For nearly a century, the Gold Star tradition has reminded Americans of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country.
The federal government has recognized the last Sunday of September as Gold Star Families Day every year. House Resolution (H.R.) 63 by Assemblymember Salas aligns with this federal proclamation and designates the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Families Day in California.