UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - These NH veterans never forget - Sunday, Jun. 15, 2008: "Karen Thurston of Gilford is president of the New Hampshire chapter of Blue Star Mothers, an organization of military families that supports the annual Freedom Ride and weekly POW/MIA vigils. Blue Stars represent those who are serving or have served, Gold Stars those who die in war.
Thurston said it was only when her own son, Alex, an Army National Guardsman, was deployed to Iraq in 2004 that she thought about the pain felt by the parents of missing servicemen: 'There but for the grace of God go I.'
Now, whenever she attends an event honoring the troops, Thurston said, "We always say please take a moment to remember that mother who hasn't had closure and would love to have her child come home.
"A POW family is still a Blue Star family," Thurston said. "They don't become a Gold Star until (their deceased sons or daughters) are returned.""