PAW PAW - Laura De Roo of Paw Paw, vice president of the local Blue Star Mothers group is pleased that Gov. Jennifer Granholm has designated Sept. 26, Gold Star Mother's Day, honoring the sacrifices of the mothers of fallen soldiers. But, De Roo and her husband, David, wish the tribute would be extended to state Gold Star Families, Gold Star Dads, siblings, spouses, and children, all who have also experienced the loss as well.
The De Roos lost their son, Sgt. Gabriel G. De Roo, on Aug. 20, 2006, in Mosul, Iraq, while he led a squad on patrol. He was serving his second tour of duty there with the United States Army 2/3 Infantry Company A Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, Wash.
"This designation originally took place June 23, 1936. While searching for the original wording of that proclamation, I came upon the proclamation of several states that have over the years, designated the last Sunday of the month as Gold Star Mother's Day. Michigan is not the first," said De Roo, vice president of the Southwest Michigan 179 Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., and Big Dipper National Auxiliary president.
"Having our governor recognize the loss, honor, and sacrifice of the many Gold Star Mothers of this state is appropriate. I am not surprised that Gov. Granholm was willing to do so. She has supported the families of the fallen from our state for years," De Roo added.
"I do wish that this proclamation reached just a bit further than the mothers, and honored those others, as well."
Courier Leader - Local Gold Star Mother would like state tribute to address whole families of fallen soldiers