There is so much going on in our world...it is hard to keep track of it all. One thing that we (the parents of military children) know for sure is that serving in the military (no matter which branch) takes a toll on all of us.
However, we still have so much to celebrate! The seasons will soon change, the leaves will display vibrant colors. We will enjoy the crisp, cool autumn mornings and the beautiful sunsets. It is football season, too. This is why fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. This fall is different for so many though. I don't know if you have followed the news at all, or maybe you have already forgotten (I hope not), that our area has suffered since the last time that I posted a blog.
I won't mention names, but there are two little children in our area, that will not have the opportunity to run to their daddy to get hugs and "sugar". Their memories of daddy are of the pictures that (I'm sure) are hanging throughout the house - and maybe in their bedrooms. And, maybe even around their necks in a locket.
When his funeral procession went through Fredericksburg and Stafford, it hit home for everyone. We aren’t used to seeing people lined up along the highway in the middle of a work day, waving American flags. For our local Blue Star Mothers Fredericksburg Chapter, it especially hit home. You see, what most people aren’t aware of is that our President’s son was also on this same mission.
Nancy’s son returned "home" to California over the weekend to a bitter sweet reunion of mom, dad, his wife and, of course, their two dogs! And, you bet, she flew all the way to California to see "her Marine" hit American soil! Nancy and John have two awesome sons who are both Marines. And, sometimes, although not too often, they are actually able to be a "family" and all be together. Until that happens, they celebrate each and every moment that they have with their sons - because it seems that they take turns deploying outside of the U.S.
As we make the transition into a new season and look forward to the upcoming holidays, I'd like to invite you to take just a moment to say "Thank You" to everyone who is serving in our military. Yes, joining the military is a choice. I understand that totally. However, this does not lessen the sacrifice that they make to serve us and their country. The two small words “Thank You” words mean so much to everyone who serves.
Our next Blue Star Mothers (VA4) open meeting will be held on October 18th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Salem Church Library on Salem Church Road. For more information please contact Nancy @ 540-752-8020 or visit our website @ www.bluestarmothersva4.org