Rhode Island sets annual 'Blue Star Parents Day'
STATE HOUSE – “Blue Star Parents Day,” a holiday to honor parents of members and veterans of the nation’s military branches, will be observed annually on the first Sunday after Mother’s Day.
Signed into law by the governor following its passage by the General Assembly in late-July, legislation establishing the annual observance was signed into law again today by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, during a ceremony held at the State House.
Sponsors of the companion Senate and House bills, 2014-S 2978 and 2014-H8183, were Sen. Erin P. Lynch (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) and by Rep. Scott J. Guthrie (D-Dist. 28, Coventry).
Senator Lynch, who addressed the gathering at the bill signing ceremony, said that “we in elected office talk about public service, but it is those who put their lives on the live in defense of the people who are truly public servants. Establishing this holiday recognizes the valuable contribution of families of military members in their unwavering support of the troops while they are overseas and in welcoming them home and helping them transition back into public life.”
Blue Star Parents was formed in 2009 by a group of military spouses to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life. Blue Star families include spouses and families from all service branches and all walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve.
The new law calls on state residents to observe the day with appropriate exercises in public places to celebrate the many contributions Blue Star Parents have made and continue to make on the state.
Also attending the signing ceremony were Warwick City Council member Camille Vella-Wilkinson, a Navy veteran; Berry Leach, a Blue Star Mom and an Air Force veteran, and Rhonda Ziehl, secretary of Rhode Island Blue Star Mom and an Air Force veteran.
For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903