Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day events


A ceremony will be held at Plano Veteran's Memorial Park at 7 p.m. The park is located at 2101 Bay Hill Drive, just south of the intersection of Custer Road and West Spring Creek Parkway. U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson will be on hand to present Purple Cross award to David "Cody" Morton, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan. The event is sponsored by the Blue Star Mothers Lone Star Chapter 6, American Legion Post 321 and VFW Post 4380.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BLUE STAR MOTHERS, Escondido June 9

That means it’s time to ship some SUMMER FUN care packages to our deployed troops!   Our next care package event will take place on Saturday, June 9, 10:00 am at the American Legion Post #149 (230 E. Park Ave., Escondido).


Wall of Honor to hold service

ENID — For more than a decade, Enid’s Woodring Wall of Honor has honored America’s veterans during Memorial Day, and this year will be no exception.
The event is co-sponsored by Yes We Can Civitan Club, Blue Star Mothers and Enid Wall of Honor.


Marin County

The Blue Star Moms of Marin‘s members, associates and community volunteers foster our mission of supporting the troops, their families and our veterans.  Our support takes many forms and we depend on the generosity of our community to assist us in fulfilling our mission.


Blue Star Moms: 'Mothers are a very important part in these solders' lives'

COLLEGEDALE, TN. (WRCB) – Monday night, the American Legion in Collegedale took time to recognize and honor local military families.
A ceremony was held for Blue Star Moms, which are mothers with sons and daughters actively serving in the military.
The faces of service, dedication and sacrifice were honored by the American Legion Post 257 in Collegedale, which gave its full attention to seven Blue Star Moms.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Library display honors fallen hero

One of the quilts was made by a group called the Dona Ana Moms. The quilting group is affiliated with the Blue Star Mothers of New Mexico and Western Texas. The Blue Star Mothers is a group of moms whose children either who have served or are serving in the military. The Dona Ana Moms have created quilts for several years for New Mexico families having lost a child in combat.


Blue Star Mothers Day New Hampshire

The House killed that bill along with SB 310, proclaiming a day for epilepsy awareness and cancer prevention, while approving SB 351, proclaiming Blue Star Mothers Day, and SB 398, establishing Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.


AN ACT relative to proclaiming Blue Star Mother’s Day.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 New Section; Observances Proclaimed by Governor; Blue Star Mother’s Day. Amend RSA 4 by inserting after section 13-q the following new section:
4:13-r Blue Star Mother’s Day. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation calling for a proper observance of the first Sunday after Mother’s Day which shall be known as Blue Star Mother’s Day recognizing and honoring all mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the United States Armed Forces. The governor shall urge the citizens of this state to observe this day with appropriate events.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Rep. Lovett, Sull. 4
May 16, 2012

Floor Amendment to SB 351

Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following:

AN ACT                relative to proclaiming Blue Star Mother’s Day and changing eligibility for free admission to the state park system for members of the armed forces.

Amend section 2 of the bill by replacing it with the following:

      ­2  Free Admission to State Park System for Members of the Armed Forces.  RSA 216-A:3-g, V is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:
            V.(a)  Upon presentation of military identification, any active member of the armed forces who meets the minimum requirements for satisfactory membership, as defined in federal regulations, shall not be charged a fee for admission to day-use areas of the state park system.  In this section, “armed forces” means armed forces as defined in RSA 21:50, II and includes active and reserve members of the New Hampshire national guard.
                  (b)  Any fees for the use of enterprise activities as described in paragraph II of this section shall be charged.


      This bill provides for the proclamation of Blue Star Mother’s Day.

      This bill also changes eligibility requirements for free admission to the state park system for members of the armed forces.

Home from Afghanistan

Chrissie Tonge wears the necklace she has worn every day during her son’s yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.Chrissie Tonge wears the necklace she has worn every day during her son’s yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Michael Tonge came home Saturday to a crowd of family, friends and well-wishers at the Durango-La Plata County Airport. Welcoming him home from his yearlong deployment to Afghanistan are his grandmother, Patricia Pickering, left, brother, Chris Tonge, center, and father, Bob Tonge, far right.
Chrissie Tonge dealt with her son’s absence in a number of ways. She joined the local support group, Blue Star Mothers, kept up weekly communication with Tonge, and she wore a special necklace throughout his deployment, she said.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cortez Clubs and Organizations

Blue Star Mothers of America
The Blue Star Mothers of America meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Jack and Janelle’s Restaurant, 801 E. Main, Cortez. For more information, call Donna Fitzpatrick at 565-9249.

Yuba City funeral for Army hero

marta-city-yuba-reactsHis mother, Karyn Stone Marta, was presented with a Gold Star Banner by the Tri-Counties Blue Star Moms, to signify the loss of a child in service to the country.

Blue Star Mothers and church collaborate for good

Gold Star quiltsIn an effort to honor fallen soldiers from Oklahoma, the Broken Arrow Blue Star Mothers and the ladies of the Cedar Ridge Christian Church quilting group, work together to provide hand-made quilts to the families who have lost loved ones in combat.


Armed Forces Day gathering here Saturday

The Guernsey County Veterans Council will host the fifth annual Armed Forces Day in Guernsey County on Saturday. The event will be in the Veterans Section of Northwood Cemetery in Cambridge at 9:30 a.m. (Enter the cemetery by the 10th Street gate.) The program will consist of some brief remarks, a prayer by Chaplain Gregory Black, U.S. Army (Ret.), recognition of our Blue Star Mothers, the firing of a three-round volley rifle salute and conclude with the playing of Taps. Everyone is invited.

Lima octogenarians will take a leap for Blue Star Mothers fundraiser

LIMA — The typical octogenarian does everything she can to avoid a fall. That said, there's nothing typical about Marjorie Bryan and Marianna Sherman.

The two women, ages 83 and 82, respectively, have volunteered to take a fall to help out the local Blue Star Mothers. And it's not just any fall, it's a drop from a few hundred feet, out of the back of a plane, strapped to a U.S. Army Ranger....


Dodge City resident receives LULAC community service award

     When Dodge City resident, Rebecca Escalante testified before The House Federal and State Affairs Committee in Topeka on Feb 15, she never expected her message to have such a great reaction.

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Rebecca is currently involved with Kiwanis Club, LULAC, Chairperson for the BUG (Bring Up Grades), the Terrific Kids program, and Blue/Gold Star Mothers.

TEMECULA: Military family expo set for Saturday, May 26

Military Families Strong will host a Military Family Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main St.
Military Families Strong focuses on providing families with information and resources about programs available on and off a military instillation.


World War II veteran finally returns to Tulsa

Today at noon the body of a World War II veteran arrives at Tulsa International Airport.
Lt. Walter Vinson Junior will finally be laid to rest.
Patsy Varnell with the Blue Star Mothers says his family didn't know until a few years ago that his body had been located.


Blue Star Mothers pancake fundraiser Saturday

by Sherrie Norris
Blue Star Mothers of the High Country will be honoring their children — and our hometown heroes — who are currently serving in the military on Saturday, May 5, at the second annual Pancake Fundraising Breakfast at Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 2036 Blowing Rock Road, Boone.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

South Bay Blue Star Moms & SJSU Friends Car Wash

South Bay Blue Star Moms
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American Legion Post 564 Celebrates 50 Years

American Legion Post 564 Celebrates 50 Years
Post�564�has donated over $3.4 million�to local charities and programs, including San Jose International Airport U.S.O.; Bill Wilson Center; Monterey Bay Veterans; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Blue Star Mothers of the South Bay; Air Force Sergeants Association; Santa Clara Police Activities League; Epilepsy Foundation; Santa Clara HS/Wilcox HS Grad Night; Yountville Veterans Home; POW/MIA Organization; Disabled Veterans of America; Navy Operational Support Center; San Jose Veteran's Day Parade; Santa Clara Veterans Memorial Committee; Santa Clara University; Veteran's Employment Committee of Santa Clara; Semper Fi Canines; American Cancer Society; and many more in its 50-year span.

Military moms deserve special consideration

There are several holidays in May that at first glance seem separate and distinct. They each have their own theme, and each commemorate a certain segment of society. Yet, upon a closer look, each contain a certain element that gives them a commonality; it is motherhood.


AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary to honor state president

The members of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary to Post 726 will be honoring New York State Auxiliary President Rosalee Waid.
Waid is a resident of Chautauqua County, and has been very active in Community and State Programs. She served as governor of the Alleghany Region Sertoma Club for two terms, she is president of the Jamestown Real Estate Investment Association, and treasurer and founder of the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village as well as past board member of "Share a Dream" for special needs children. Waid is also a member of the Blue Star Mothers.

Michiana mom calls for continued support of the troops

From inside her South Bend House, Sandy Bolt talks about what it's like to have a loved one so far from home.  "He was willing to sacrifice what it took in order to fight for our freedom," she says.
Her son Jason Boldt served in Iraq from 2007-2010.  His HMMWV was hit by an IED.  He suffered a broken bone and concussion and now that he's home he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"We still have to fight to carry on at home because these men and women are going to be carrying it with them for the rest of their lives," Bolt says.

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Blue Star Moms: Time To Prepare For Post War

The leader of a Northern California troop support group expressed relief Tuesday afternoon, after President Barack Obama outlined the U.S. post-war strategy in Afghanistan.
"It's refreshing to hear that we're coming to an end, but we still have many members serving there," said Vivienne Yamamoto, president of the Sacramento chapter of Blue Star Moms.