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(TRENTON) — Legislation Assemblyman Jack Conners championed to designate the last Sunday in September of each year as New Jersey Gold Star Mother’s Day was signed into law Saturday by acting Governor Stephen M. Sweeney.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a national organization that was formed in 1928 to create a support network for military mothers who lost their son or daughter while they were serving in the armed forces. Currently, there are over 200 chapters of Gold Star Mothers across the United States.

“We have a solemn responsibility to recognize the families of our fallen servicemen and women,” said Conners (D-Burlington/Camden). “Setting aside one Sunday a year is a small way we can express the immense gratitude we have for New Jersey’s Gold Star Mothers.

The measure (AJR-62) calls for public officials, private organizations and all of the residents of New Jersey to set aside the last Sunday of September to commemorate the sacrifices of New Jersey’s Gold Star Mothers.

“New Jersey’s Gold Star Mothers deserve our highest honors,” said Conners. “Their sacrifices and patriotism are the foundation of our state and nation.

Gold Star Mothers was named for the gold star service flag that families hung in their windows in order to honor the loss of family members in military service.

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