Saturday, June 22, 2013

Military moms part ways with national charter, strike out on their own

 A local group of military moms dedicated to sending care packages to overseas troops has left the national charter of Blue Star Mothers of America.

Military moms part ways with national charter, strike out on their own - Havasu News: News

In all, there are six Blue Star Mothers of America chapters in Arizona. The Havasu group, formed in June 2007, is one of two in Arizona suspended this year for the same reason.

Kathy McCraw, president of the local group, said there was a series of events leading to the change, including Havasu following suit of dozens of other Blue Star Mothers groups in America who have been suspended or revoked by the national group. Office politics were prevalent, she said.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Memorial finds home in Florence

FLORENCE — A new memorial will honor the latest generation of military heroes.
The “War on Terror Board” has a new home in the Florence Government Center.
A joint project between the Northern Kentucky Blue Star Mothers and the U.S. Marine Riders Association, the War on Terror Board honors the 107 servicemen and women from Kentucky who’ve lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Homecoming for heroes - Branson

Beginning Monday, thousands of veterans, active duty-personnel and their families are expected to be in the Tri-Lakes Area as Branson celebrates Veterans Homecoming, what is considered by organizers to be the largest veterans celebration in the nation.
The homecoming, which runs annually from Nov. 5-11, includes reunions, luncheons, free shows, a gala, the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, big band dancing and the 79th Annual Veterans Day Parade.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Plan now for Big Band concert

ALAMOSA � The San Luis Valley Big Band is calling all veterans, Armed Forces men and women, families, and all patriotic Americans to attend a spectacular evening of music honoring and celebrating our military service groups who have served or who are serving the United States.

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Blue Star Mothers to be packing holiday gift boxes for troops

Blue Star Mothers to be packing holiday gift boxes for troops - The Courier-Leader & Paw Paw Flashes : Paw Paw News: PAW PAW - A collection drive kickoff for the Blue Star Mothers of Southwest Michigan was a “rousing success,” according to a Blue Star Mothers…

Walking in the Boots of Serviceman

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) - Blue Star Mothers of Alabama gathered at Veterans Park in Hoover November 3rd to show support for their sons and daughters serving in the armed forces by walking in their boots.  

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Honoring Veterans throught the Blue Star Memorial

FRONT ROYAL, VA - In honor of the veterans that served in the armed forces during World War II, a Blue Star Marker was placed on the campus of Randolph-Macon Academy.

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Dinner, raffle to aid Blue Star Mothers - News

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 PAUL WALDSCHMIDT/LEADER Denise Patterson, on behalf of the Sand Springs Elks Lodge, presents Sand Springs Blue Star Mothers Chapter President Patsy Varnell with a $300 check to help support the shipping of Freedom Boxes overseas to military personnel. The chapter also has fundraising dinner and raffle at the Boomarang Restaurant set for Sunday, Nov. 11.

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A tribute to veterans - UMass Medical School - Worcester

Members of the military from the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care communities and their friends will have an opportunity to meet and mingle at a pre-Veterans Day observation. The UMass Memorial Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a tribute to veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Knowles Hall, Memorial Campus.

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Flag raising honors veterans

Flag raising honors veterans

Worcester State University will mark Veterans Day, Nov. 8, by raising a flag that was flown by members of the 181st Battalion, Army National Guard in Afghanistan. The Worcester-based battalion received the flag from state Sen. Stephen Brewer and after flying it in Afghanistan, battalion members who were also Worcester State students donated the flag to the university.

The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the flagpole between the Shaughnessy Administration Building and Chandler Street. A reception in the rotunda for Blue Star Mothers will follow.


Blue Star moms offer many ways to help troops during the holidays

With the holiday season approaching, a local organization that supports veterans, military personnel and their families reminds people of the many ways they can show their support.

Blue Star moms offer many ways to help troops during the holidays


 ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) - The Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Blue Star Moms are preparing to pack up hundreds of holiday care packages filled with the flavors of home to send to troops serving overseas. The moms still need donations. Chapter President Kathy Frazier joins Nikki and Kristen with the details.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

It’s a good day to dwell on fearless acts

Yesterday, a Facebook friend posted one of those rhetorical questions: “What’s the most fearless thing you’ve ever done?”
I’d just come from the noon meeting of the Lima Exchange Club. The lunch usually includes a guest speaker, and this week was a special treat: Marjorie Bryan.

I met Bryan in June at the Allen County Airport, when she went skydiving for the first time. I should mention Bryan is 83 years old, she has a slew of great-grandchildren and even two great-great-grandchildren.

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Blue Star Mothers Of The Jersey Shore

Walking To Remember The Fallen Of September 11, 2001 

They left the Toms River Armory early in the morning and headed out under ominous skies, into sweltering heat and humidity.
They trudged through Huddy Park, then down onto Route 9 South, into Beachwood, Pine Beach, Bayville and Ocean Gate. It was tough going in camouflage and heavy combat boots.
But that did not deter Sgt. First Class Theodore Berry - a full-time National Guard recruiter - and his fellow marchers on Saturday.
"When we do these walks, it's not a recruiting event, it's a pride event," Berry said.
Members of the Blue Star Mothers of the Jersey Shore, Chapter#4 and the American Recreational Military Services (A.R.M.S.) were also there to support the walkers.


Blue Star Mother Group

An unofficial group of Blue Star Mothers, Friends and Families created for the purpose of supporting our troops, veterans and each other. It is also a venue for sharing information of interest to group members and for group discussion.
We welcome members of Blue Star Mothers of America, Mothers of the Troops and Veterans, Blue Star Families, American Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives and members of other military or veterans support groups.
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Welcome Home

Greensboro, NC -- Army Sergeant Cory Pennel has spent the last year in Afghanistan. Tonight, he came back home to a warm reception at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
He was immediately greeted with hugs from his wife, Savannah, son, and mother, Susan Haver, followed by more friends and family. Members of the Blue Star Moms group also showed up to support. As they exited the terminal, they walked through a concourse lined with flags by members of the Patriot Guard.
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Blue Star Mothers plan to honor, gather Gold Star Mothers

The Blue Star Mothers want to help honor any and all Gold Star Mothers on Gold Star Mothers Day on September 30.


Alumni Giving Back

Webster University Alumni Association
Albuquerque Chapter
Alumni Giving Back
Webster Works Worldwide 18: Community Service
Saturday, November 17th
8:30 am-12:00pm
Blue Star Mothers
Troop Support Center
2919 2nd St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9176
Project details: We will assist with the packing of care packages that will be sent overseas to the troops.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Blue Star Mothers and military supporters

In Mooresville, North Carolina, it's Blue Star Mothers Week. This proclaimed by Mayor Miles Atkins and town commissioners:
WHEREAS, with their roots in the blue star flag which was created in 1917 and hung in windows to indicate that a family member was serving in the armed forces, the Blue Star Mothers of America was established in 1942. From Mooresville proclamation naming Blue Star Mothers Week August 12-18
Blue Star Mothers Southern Piedmont Chapter President Lynn Cauthen says, "We are here to support each other while our children are deployed."
Including Charlotte, the chapter includes Iredell, Cabarrus, Rowan, Mecklenburg, Stanley, Catawba and Lincoln counties.


Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia

A super big THANK YOU to the Martins Chase HOA in Ashburn, VA. This wonderful community has chosen our organization to be the beneficiary of their efforts to promote helping the military. Good luck with the race and thank you for supporting our guys and gals in uniform. *********** We want to thank Wegman's Grocery Store of Fairfax. They have generously donated a gift card for the Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia to use to send goodies to the troops. We ask all viewers to consider a trip to Wegman's, a supporter of the men and women in uniform. THANK YOU WEGMAN'S.

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River City Blue Star Moms

River City Blue Star Moms are moms, friends, families,of veteran and miltiary children. Our families and neighbors work together to raise funds for our carepackages overseas, to assist our military and veteran families in need. Attend our fallen hero's funerals, work at Standown's, attend events to educate about Blue Star Moms, attend parades. If you sew, knit, crochet we are always in need of lap quilts, afghans, baby hats, baby blankets, and we have something for everyone who wants to volunteer. Our meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month at St. Luke's Church at 9575 Center Parkway, Sacramento, Ca. 95823 at 6:30 pm. We hope you see you there! We believe in our troops and veterans. Thank you, River City Blue Star Moms

George Geer burn off contest

A car burn off contest, honoring Spc. George Geer, will take place at Angel’s End Zone on Friday night. The contest is in conjunction with the George Geer Memorial Car Show, the Southwest Chapter 2 Blue Star Moms and Angel’s End Zone, located at 309 North Broadway, who is sponsoring this contest. Bring your car and show us what you’ve got. Join us to hear the roar of the engine and the smell of burnt rubber. Trophies awarded to the top three finishers and a traveling trophy will be displayed in the business sponsoring the event. For more information, please call Sandi Valencia at 560-2572. Proceeds for the contest will benefit military service members, their families, veterans and local charities of Montezuma County. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. with a $25 entry fee. The contest begins at 6.