"Grilling hot dogs and hamburgers over open flames is a rite of summer. But for about 70 people, a cookout yesterday in Goochland County was about more than good food and fellowship.
Members of the Blue Star Families of Richmond gathered at Benedictine Abbey on River Road for the group's annual picnic -- just one way they provide support for families of active-duty military personnel.
The gathering drew families from all over the Richmond area and included two mothers whose sons died while serving on active duty.
'We have different interests, but we have one really important common interest -- to support the military, and, specifically, our sons and daughters who are serving,' said Retsy Kitchen of Richmond, whose oldest son is serving in Afghanistan.
Miniature American flags lined the path leading to a covered pavilion adjacent to Bobby Ross Stadium at Benedictine Abbey. Many of those in attendance were wearing red, white and blue clothing, while children waved American flags."
Military families unite at Goochland picnic Richmond Times-Dispatch: