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Veterans Day 2012

This Veteran's Day Weekend is unlike any other in my lifetime. I had always sat back and really "experienced" a Veteran's Day celebration. I had always felt that it was a day of honor for those that served our Country through their sacrifices, suffering and enormous pride that they all exhume because they served in the United States Armed Forces.

I think this year if different for 2 reasons. The first is the pride that I see in the eyes, facial expressions and overall "vibe" of being around the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg. The warmth, welcoming and excitement of their energy simply fills the room. Their pride is beyond anything that words can describe. Almost all of the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg (whether they are officially a member of our organization, or not), are sure that at some point in the future, their son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, niece, nephew or grandchild will respond to the call of serving their country and be stationed with a unit or group that are involved in our current war, the War on Terrorism.

It is hard, painful and emotional beyond belief to send a husband or spouse to a foreign land (like Afghanistan). It is sad, exhausting and heart-breaking to send one of your own children or one of the next generation. I, like, so many others, have done both.

This second reason that this particular Veterans Day is different for me is that I had the opportunity to experience a forgotten pride. The pride of our teenagers. Specifically the teenagers, and pre-teens, of Thornburg Middle School, who honored local Veterans at a special assembly last week. The 6th graders lined the halls, waved American flags and yelled "Thank You" and "We Appreciate You" and just a simple "Yeah" as about 40 of us walked through their hallway. We had the opportunity to see their special Memorial to honor the 9/11 victims and then we moved on to a extra-special ceremony in the gymnasium. It was emotional, historic and beautiful in so many ways that I can't even begin to describe the service. Generations were recognized, including my husband, myself and our granddaughter. Thank you Mr. Kirk Tower for an amazing ceremony to honor all of our Military this Veterans Day.

We are spending this Veteran's Day with my husband's best friend. They met 35 years ago at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. It will be a weekend full of stories, memories and tribute. No matter how you celebrate this weekend, please take a moment to remember their sacrifice, the sacrifice of their families and we should remember, we are Blessed.

Linda Clevenger, 1st VP

Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg

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About Blue Star Mothers

Blue Star Mothers Fredericksburg is a community group that provides support to each other and local military families who have given their children to serve our Nation. We support every branch of the Armed Forces and it's veterans through patriotism, education and social events. We support our community and its active and deployed military through on-going service projects, including providing our servicemen and women with care packages. For more information about National Blue Star Mothers you can visit their website. To find our local chapter click here.

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