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Gold Star Mother’s Day: Time for NJ to commit to special tags

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E D I T O R I A L : From March 20, 2003 through the end of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” nearly a month ago, more than 4,500 American soldiers were killed. These aren’t just numbers: These are incalculable losses, and they continue in Afghanistan. On Sunday, we observe Gold Star Mother’s Day, an event of major importance when you consider the native sons and daughters lost protecting us.

“As a veteran and a parent, I can only imagine the pain of losing a loved one to war,” Bergen County Sheriff Leo P. McGuire said.

“These brave men and women paid the ultimate price defending our freedom, and asked for nothing in return,” McGuire said.

“We owe it to their families to recognize and honor their fallen loved ones for the sacrifices they made for our country.”

In honor of the special day, McGuire is among those supporting two bills moving through the State Legislature that would remove a dubious distinction for New Jersey:

We are one of only three states that don’t offer “Gold Star Family” license plates.

It may seem a token gesture to some, but it carries great meaning for those who’ve felt the pain — and in North Jersey, there have been a great many families who have.

That’s why Gold Star Mother’s Day has been observed in the U.S. on the last Sunday of September each year since World War I.

Remember: Their loss is OUR loss. What better way to show them our respect than to urge our state lawmakers to move these bills through — pronto.

And while you’re at it, take a moment on Sunday to open your heart to a Gold Star Mothe

r, whether you‘re sitting somewhere alone, or in a house of worship or even at the supermarket. Better yet: Give one you know some love, in however way you choose.

It will mean so much.

GOLD STAR : Refers to the gold star on service flags displayed in the windows of homes of families who have lost a child to war. The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the military. Living servicemen are represented by a blue star. Gold Star Mothers are often socially active but are non-political. Membership is open to any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.

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