This week, saluting two terrific organizations. First, the Gold Star Wives of America. With sacrifices first officially recognized by Congress during the Second World War, for those spouses of military members, from all five branches, who've perished on active duty or due to service-related causes, from the 1940's to the present, this organization has provided support and a legislative voice for loved ones left behind. By Senate Resolution, Friday, December 18th, has been designated as the first annual Gold Star Wives Day, now a lasting tribute to the spouses who become sole-care-givers for their families at home during deployments, and then, courageously, must move forward alone, when service to nation and freedom brings loss. In recognition, our sincere thanks and appreciation for your sacrifice to our Gold Star Wives, and to all those who also serve, the ultimate force-multiplier, America's great military spouses and families.