Sponsor: McLaughlin / Multi-sponsor(s): Montesano, Rodriguez, Weisenberg / Committee: CALENDAR
Law Section: Resolutions, Legislative
- May 9, 2011: adopted
- May 6, 2011: referred to calendar
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 16, 2011, as Blue Star Families' Day in the State of New York
WHEREAS, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a support organization for mothers of children serving or who have served in the military, and it dates back to World War II; and WHEREAS, The blue star flag was created in 1917 by an Army captain from Ohio, and 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 civil defense; and WHEREAS, Blue Star Mothers is named after the signature blue stars that mothers hang in windows when their children are called to service, both 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 but national membership 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 located in Delmar, with the first being in Rochester, to encourage their children as well as be around other mili tary parents, who better understand their worries and feelings; and WHEREAS, In December of 2006, the small group of mothers met and discussed the issues families face when their sons and daughters go off to war; in addition to supporting the needs of all parents in the area, the members support the troops by sending Freedom Boxes, cards and wish es, and they 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 of 2006, the membership has grown to new members; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 16, 2011, 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 Janet Moran, President, Capital Region No. 2 Chapter, Blue Star Mothers of America.