TRENTON – Senators Jim Beach (D-Camden) and Donald Norcross (D-Camden) today honored three Gold Star Mothers for their commitment to their community and New Jersey. Senator Beach recognized Melinda Kane and Judith Tapper, President of the New Jersey Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, while Senator Norcross recognized Gertrude Corma. The three were honored with ceremonial resolutions during today’s Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Few of us can imagine the heartbreak of losing a child, especially when that loss comes as a result of war. But the women we honor today have taken personal tragedy and used it to create change in their communities. Their ability to assist others in light of their own loss is truly amazing,” said Beach.
“Unfortunately, Gold Star Mothers have endured the ultimate cost of war. Yet they work day in and day out to care for our returning veterans and to provide assistance to the families of those who have given their lives to protect our way of life. It is my honor to recognize them for their efforts,” said Norcross.
The Department of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers includes New Jersey mothers whose sons or daughters served in the Armed Forces and died either in the line of duty or as a result of injuries sustained in such service. They are dedicated to world service and to the memory of their fallen children. They engage in numerous fund-raising endeavors in benefit of the New Jersey Run for the Fallen, the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation, the Fisher House, Honor and Remember, the Lyons Hospital Veterans Wish List, and various scholarships throughout New Jersey. Gold Star Mothers also helped pass the Gold Star Family License Plate Legislation earlier this year.