May 13 Celebrates Children of Fallen Patriots Day
To salute the sacrifice of military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, May 13 has officially been proclaimed Children of Fallen Patriots Day. This date shows appreciation for the young people whose lives were forever changed in support of their parents’ service to our country. Too often, this tremendous sacrifice is overlooked, which is why Children of Fallen Patriots Day was created to applaud their resilience and strength.
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation aims to identify and support Gold Star scholars by providing financial assistance and educational counseling.
Children of Fallen Patriots Day helps raise awareness for this mission and is recognized by Chase’s 2018 Calendar of Events, the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances and historic anniversaries.
Additionally, a growing number of governors and mayors across the United States are proclaiming this date, to include: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia.
To celebrate Children of Fallen Patriots Day, the iconic Capital Wheel, located in National Harbor, M.D., will light up red, white and blue during the evening of May 13. This patriotic tribute near the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices children of our fallen heroes make every day.
The date of May 13 was selected as Children of Fallen Patriots Day because it is also the day Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1864. This final resting place for many war heroes serves as a reminder of their sacrifices.