A member of a Gold Star Family is any member of the immediate family of a person who died in a combat zone while a member of any branch of the armed services. It is the reason why, for those who know me, I wear my Gold Star lapel pin.
It is also why my family has a Gold Star Service Flag hanging in the window of our home.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., all but four states have Gold Star Family License Plates, and Michigan happens to be one of the four that does not. I was deeply saddened to learn this. Especially because
- 1,456 Michigan citizens were casualties of the Korean War
- 2,652 Michigan citizens were casualties of the Viet Nam War
- 13 Michigan citizens were casualties of Operation Desert Storm
- 158 Michigan citizens were casualties of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- 40 Michigan citizens, including my brother, were casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom
Last term, bills creating a Gold Star License Plate were introduced in the Michigan House and Senate, but failed.
This year, the identical Senate Bill 0102 (SB0102) and House Bill 4088 (HB4088) have been introduced to again attempt to amend Michigan Compiled Law 257.803e to authorize
"The spouse, parent, sibling, or child of a member of the Armed Services who died during combat may make application to the Secretary of State for a special registration plate that shall be inscribed with special identification numbers preceded by a gold star and shall have the words "Gold Star Family" inscribed beneath the registration number."
I do not plan on doing nothing and will do my part to make sure that these bills do not fail again. They have both been referred to the Committee on Transportation, but citizens of Michigan need to persuade their Senators and Representatives to vote in favor of the bills. If you are interested in telling your elected officials that the passing of SB0102 and HB4088 is important to you, please contact them, as I plan on doing. Click the links below to find which district you live in and the street and email addresses of all 110 Michigan Representatives and all 38 Michigan Senators.
Michigan State Representatives
Michigan State Senators
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