Contact: Jamie Dunn
Communications Manager
(856) 439-0500 ext. 4420

"Gold Star Mother's Day" to be Observed This Weekend

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 - The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) is proud to support "Gold Star Mother's Day," officially observed nationwide this year on Sunday, September 24.  As a tribute to the mothers of the brave military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, FMAA is calling upon all citizens to fly the American flag as an expression of gratitude and respect.

A "gold star mother" refers to those mothers whose sons or daughters have died in the line of duty while serving our country.  These military men and women gave their lives to protect the nation and our freedom.  "Gold Star Mother's Day" is an opportunity to recognize their sacrifice and honor the mothers left behind to cope with the loss.

"We are forever grateful to the men and women who have died to protect us, and honor their families, especially their mothers on this day, for their sacrifice," commented Sandy Van Lieu, FMAA Chairman.  "They are all heroes in our eyes, and we admire their strength and bravery."

By a joint resolution approved June 23, 1936, Congress designated the last Sunday in September of each year as "Gold Star Mother's Day.  "The President of the United States issues a proclamation prior to the observance, and calls upon the nation to recognize their sacrifice, and pray for their spirit.

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America is a non-profit trade association, established in 2003, dedicated to educating and promoting the quality, variety, and proper use of flags manufactured in the United States. FMAA sponsors the "Certified Made in the USA" program that certifies your flag has been made in the USA of materials that are domestic in origin and that all processes in every step of its manufacture were completed in USA facilities with USA labor.

For more information on the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, contact: 15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054; Phone: 856-439-0500; Fax: 856-439-0525; Email: or visit

# # #