SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the State Assembly honored the California Blue Star Mothers on Monday during floor session with Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 29. ACR 29 designates the month of May 2019 as Blue Star Mothers of America Month to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of Blue Star Mothers.
The Blue Star Mothers of America is the largest and fastest growing military family organization in the country and has inspired more than 26 million hours of volunteer service nationwide. They were founded as a patriotic service organization during WWII to unite mothers who had sons or daughters in the United States Armed Forces.
Today, they continue to provide support for active duty service personnel and their families with over 7,500 members from over 200 Chapters throughout the nation and 25 Chapters in California. Last year the Kern River Blue Star Moms raised over $4,000 and sent over 400 care packages to troops.
“Coming off the heels of Mother’s Day, it is especially important that we take the time to thank these extraordinary mothers. The Blue Star Moms work every day for the betterment of our service members, veterans, and families,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Their enduring patriotism is reflected in their unwavering mission to serve and advocate for our military families.”
“This has been a wonderful experience. Thank you Assemblymember Salas and the Assembly for honoring us today,” said Christine Hofmann, President of Central Valley Blue Star Moms. “We are so grateful for your commitment to our organization. As Blue Star Mothers, we aim to support each other and our active duty military and veterans and coming to the Capitol to share our message is incredible.”
The Blue Star Mothers of America name comes from the custom of families of service members hanging a banner called a Service Flag in a window of their homes during World War I, with a Blue Star representing a living family member serving in the military. The work of Blue Star Mothers of America includes providing support for active duty service personnel and their families, promoting patriotism, and assisting various veteran organizations, such as the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
This is the third year Assemblymember Salas has designated May as Blue Star Mothers of America Month.
In the district this Saturday, May 18th, Assemblymember Salas will join the Kern River Blue Star Moms to unveil the Hometown Heroes Banner Program, which will honor and recognize active duty military from Kern County.