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Roskam Honors Gold Star Mothers

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Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today introduced a resolution, with the bipartisan support of eight other cosponsors, to honor the goals and ideals of Gold Star Mothers Day.

"It is with solemn pride that we recognize those women who have endured the supreme sacrifice of motherhood by losing a child as a casualty of war," said Roskam. "The brave young men and women of our military protect the freedoms that make our country great. We owe these warriors and their families our deepest gratitude. These mothers of freedom deserve our sincere admiration and the promise that the sacrifice of their son or daughter will never be forgotten."

A local Gold Star Mother, Georgette Frank from Elk Grove Village, lost her son Marine Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank during combat operations in Iraq on April 8, 2004. Philip is also survived by his father, Roy.

"The grief and pain of losing my son, Phil, is eased by my love for him and my pride in his selfless actions," said Georgette. "By recognizing Gold Star Mothers, our children and their sacrifices are honored and for that I thank Congressman Roskam and his colleagues."

"Phil represents the best and bravest that our country has to offer," continued Roskam. "Many other courageous men and women, like Phil, have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. These soldiers and their families deserve our gratitude and thanks.

"This group of women should be extremely proud to have raised dignified sons and daughters. They have instilled in their children the values that make our nation great and provided the support of our soldiers as they fight to defend our freedom. Their service and personal sacrifice should never be forgotten."

The term "Gold Star Mothers" has historical significance dating back to 1928. Service flags with gold stars were used to show that a family had a son that had died in service. Mothers of slain servicemen came to be known as Gold Star Mothers. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mothers Day" to recognize and commemorate the sacrifice these courageous women have made on behalf of our nation.

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