Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 13, 2019, as Blue Star Families' Day in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 1377

BY: Senator BROOKS

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
May 13, 2019, as Blue Star Families' Day in the
State of New York

WHEREAS, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. dates back to World War
II and is a support organization for mothers of children serving or who
have served in the United States military; and

WHEREAS, The blue star flag was created in 1917 by an Army captain
from Ohio; it quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in
service; the organization itself was conceived during World War II in
1942; and

WHEREAS, The symbol of the blue star surrounded by a red rectangle
represents hope and pride; Blue Star Mothers perform volunteer duties on
the home front and work in hospitals and on civil defense; and

WHEREAS, The Blue Star Mothers organization is named after the
signature blue stars, which mothers hang in their windows when their
children are called to service, either stateside or overseas; and

WHEREAS, During World War II, there were approximately 30,000 Blue
Star Mothers, and several thousand during the Korean and Vietnam wars;
national membership, however, dropped to an all-time low of 1,200 during
the 1990s; and

WHEREAS, In recent years, Blue Star Mothers has gained 217 chapters
with troops deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere; anxious mothers
of servicemen and women are forming chapters nationwide, including the
first Capital Region Blue Star Mothers group; and

WHEREAS, Darlene Ward and Kay Moody established New York State's
second Blue Star chapter in Delmar, the first having been in Rochester,
to encourage their children and to meet other military parents with whom
they have much in common; and

WHEREAS, In December 2006, the small group of mothers met and
discussed issues families face when their sons and daughters go off to
war; in addition to supporting the needs of parents in the area, the
members support the troops, sending Freedom Boxes, cards and good
wishes; they also participate in veterans' projects on a regular basis;

WHEREAS, The charter for the Capital Region No. 2 Chapter was
approved on February 6, 2007; since December 2006, its membership has
grown to 135 members; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 13, 2019, as Blue
Star Families' Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of

New York, and Donna Vickery, President, Capital Region No. 2 Chapter,
Blue Star Mothers of America.


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