Resolution J977-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 13, 2013 as Blue Star Families' Day in the State of New York

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  • Mar 25, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 25, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 13, 2013 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 signa-
ture blue stars 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  wish-
es; they also participate in veterans' projects on a regular basis; and
  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, 2013, as Blue
Star Families' Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York  and  to Janet Moran, President, Capital Region No. 2 Chapter, Blue
Star Mothers of America.

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