Michigan Sen. Veronica Klinefelt, D-Eastpointe, third from right, has Bill No. 235, which is a bipartisan effort to establish February 1 as “Blue Star Mother’s Day” in Michigan.
LANSING – A special day to recognize mothers whose children have served or are serving in the military is being considered in the Michigan legislature.
On June 7, the Michigan Senate passed Bill No. 235, a bipartisan bill to establish February 1 as “Blue Star Mother’s Day” in Michigan. The bill passed the Senate unanimously, 38-0, with no members absent.
On March 23, 2023, R-Six Lakes Senator Rick Outman introduced the bill. Senator Veronica Klinefelt, D-Eastpointe, was one of Bill No.’s many sponsors. 235. Klinefelt is the chairman of the Michigan Senate Veterans and Emergency Services Committee.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of honoring those women in such a meaningful way,” Klinefelt said in a prepared statement. “Their continued support of those who fight to preserve our liberty and freedom is worthy of recognition and applause. I am thankful for the Blue Star Moms in my family and all the Blue Star Moms across the state who do so much for our service members and our communities.
“The Blue Star Mothers of America are committed to supporting the men and women who serve this nation,” Outman said in a prepared statement. “They honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, visit wounded military personnel in the hospital, help support families who have lost a loved one, and many other volunteer efforts. Blue Star Mothers do an incredible job, tackling a difficult and emotional task with grace. They do so much for veterans and their families – this legislation is about thanking them for the work they do.”
According to a press release from Klinefelt’s office, the bill is currently before the House Government Operations Committee, but it’s unclear how soon it will be considered. Since it is a Senate bill, if the House passes it, it must come to the Senate one last time before being sent to the governor to sign it into law. If the Senate finalizes the bill in 2023, the official Blue Star Mother’s Day would be in effect in 2024.
The Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. was founded in Michigan in 1942. The mothers came together after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, in which Michigan native Jack Pitcher died aboard the USS West Virginia. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supports each other and their children while promoting patriotism.
Since its inception, the organization’s members have put together care packages to send abroad, organized events and fundraisers in their homes, and participated in funeral or memorial ceremonies. They also volunteer at various veterans programs.
Learn more about the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. can be found at bluesarmothers.org.
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