Today, Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-3) introduced HR 1980, "The Gold Star Mothers National Monument Act of 2011." This bi-partisan legislation would authorize the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation to build a Gold Star Mothers National Monument on federal lands within the District of Columbia. This bill does not authorize any federal funding to be used on the Monument. All funds are to be raised privately by the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation. Runyan made the following statement regarding the legislation,
"I am thrilled to introduce legislation that means so much too so many mothers that have lost a loved one in service to our country," said Runyan. "Gold Star mothers have given us so much it's time that we give something back."
Gold Star mothers are mothers that have lost a child in service to our country. Judith Young, a Moorestown resident, and the Chairman of the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Fund applauded Runyan for introducing the legislation stating,
"On behalf of the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Congressman Runyan for introducing this legislation," said Young. "We are so happy that he has decided to champion the cause of America's Gold Star Mothers. I look forward to working with him to see this dream become a reality."