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Your Military Sons and Daughters

Celebrating High School Graduation

Has your child chosen to join the military upon graduation from high school? This can be a very scary time for your entire family. The excitement of graduating from high school, the feeling of accomplishment and the anticipation of what it will be like to be on their own for the first time can be overwhelming.

The clock is ticking away to their “ship date”. The date that your child goes down to the MEPS station, raise their hand, say “I do” and marries the military for three to four years or more. It doesn’t matter whether they are 18 or 28, you still feel a sense of loss as you say good bye.

If you can relate, know that you are not alone. There is a local group of moms who have been there before…some are going through it with you at the moment – and for others it may have been years ago that they felt your pain, but they still remember. There is not a reason to feel lonely.

We want to celebrate your excitement with you and honor your child as well. The Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg will be co-hosting the event, “Our Community Salutes”. This ceremony is a salute and recognition to all of the children from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline Counties (and others if we know about them) who have chosen to dedicate the next several years (or maybe even several decades) to our military.

We will be co-hosting this event with the University of Mary Washington, at the Dodd Auditorium on Wednesday, May 14th at 6:00 pm. Make sure that you get with your local recruiter so that we have your name on the list and so that we can plan to meet you there. This event is open to the public.

Check out the Blue Star Moms of Fredericksburg website at www.bluestarmothersva4.org

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Returning Home from War

Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg support each other in so many ways. We give hugs, smiles, shed tears and maybe a phone call when you know your "sister" needs it.

At each month's meeting, it is really amazing to hear the happiness, "I saw a green light on Facebook this week" or,"I received a phone call this week". We all smRobin Welcome Homeile, with tears in our eyes.

At our January meeting, one of our moms was counting down the days until she would be able to see her son again. He had been assigned to a nine month deployment to places that she will probably never hear about. We just know that he spent some time in Afghanistan and Africa. And, there were times that he was definitely in a dangerous situation.

The nine month wait for her son was hard...what was (and, I know first hand) even harder is the wait for the plane to land! For those who don't know it...when a unit returns home from deployment, they have ceremonies that they have to go through. They still hold formations, stand at attention, and listen to their Commanding Officers for a short time. All while their parents, girlfriends and family patiently wait for the ever-so-long-awaited hug.

Of course, Robin and her family made the trip to Kentucky to see Alec get off of the plane. I asked Robin to share a few words about how it felt. At first, she didn't know if she would be able to put her feelings into words. (I can totally understand how she felt!) But, here is what she said, "I hadn’t seen my son in nine months. It was 3:45am on a Sunday morning when his flight from Afghanistan landed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We waited in the cold, holding our “Welcome Home” signs. It was dark, so when they started to deplane, we could only see shadows of the soldiers as they exited, but it didn’t matter. I knew my son was in there somewhere and that his boots were once again on American soil. When his company marched into the hangar, I was so proud, so happy, so relieved to have him back. When they dismissed them to go to their families, I lost him in the crowd for a moment and when he emerged, I couldn’t get to him fast enough. Nine months of fear, nine months of worry, it all came out of me as the tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t even speak as I held him in my arms like he was my little boy again. He just smiled, looked down at me and said, “I know, Mom. I love you, too.”

Just reading her words makes me cry. Her little boy...who was deployed to protect our country. Robin is one of the amazing moms that is part of our Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg group.

Thank you Robin for sharing just a little of your experience. We all thank you and Alec for everything! We love you too!
 

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Happy Holidays to Our Troops

Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg woPackage Receivd November 2013uld like to step away from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season to say a huge thank you to you, our followers and our community, for how you have helped out all of our troops this year.

In 2013, Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg was able to send well over 400 total packages to our troops that are serving overseas. This could not have happened without your support and generosity.

In June and again in November, we sent care packages all over the world (so it seems). I know that there were packages that went to Afghanistan, Phillipines, Korea and even Africa. The troops were so grateful! Here is what one  individual wrote after receiving his care package:

"Received your care package the other day and wanted to say thank you very much. It is nice to receive these reminders of home especially around the holidays. Wish each and every one of you and your families a very merry Christmas. Hopefully the New Year will be filled with peace. Thanks again. "  J. Zenkovich

As we enter into 2014, our hope is that we continue to touch the lives of our deployed troops (and your local sons and daughters as well). So often we take for granted the little things such as a new tooth brush, and a clean pair of socks which mean the world to those who are serving our country.

From our family to yours....Happy New Year!

Check out our website @ www.bluestarmothersva4.org

 

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Thank You to Your Children - On Veteran's Day

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Especially today, I would like to take a minute to say thank you to your children for their service to our military. But not only would I like to thank them...I would also like to thank you as parents.

I don't know about you, but I tried to raise my now-adult children with the intention that they would be self-reliant, dependable, hard-working and confident. If your child chooses to join the military, whether it is for one enlistment or a life-time, you have done your job. The military isn't something that you can touch or feel. It is a passion. A passion to serve your family, your country and to serve others.

I know that there are so many children, both young children and older children (who have their own children) who are spending time away from their family and friends. They are missing holidays, birthdays and special occasions that only come by once a year (or maybe once in a lifetime). And they are making sacrifices to serve their country...some, even making the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives. I would like to personally thank you and say a huge thank you from the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg.

We would like to let you know that we are here to support you. As we approach the holiday season, we are well aware of the feelings that you are having and how, some days, it just seems as if it is too much to bear. That is why we will be, once again, sending your children care packages for the holidays.

We invite you to please contact the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg and allow us to send your child a special holiday care package. I remember, when my husband was in Operation Desert Storm, he received special care packages from someone in Shreveport, Louisiana...which was his hometown. He didn't know the family, had never met them and had no idea how they found out about him. He hadn't "lived in" Louisiana for almost 20 years. They used to send him a card every few weeks, some small gifts and, even after he returned from the war, they sent him Christmas cards for years! It was so special to him.

Together with Girl Scout Troop 255, we have a ton of items to divide up so we can provide your children with care packages for the holidays. All you have to do is let us know. We will be putting the packages together on Saturday, November 16th at the Salem Church Library. So, if you have a child who is serving outside of the U.S. please contact me and provide me with their information. I'll be very happy to send them a special gift from home.

Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-220-5912.

 

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Around the Globe with our Children

We just held our September meeting last weekend and did something very cool that I’d like to share with you.

Most of the 16 members who attended our meeting have children who are actively serving in the military. Unfortunately, a good portion of our children are not able to make a phone call, or even message us on Facebook on a regular basis. They are currently serving in places throughout the World where life is not as good as it is here.Installation Meeting 2013

This was the purpose of us passing the globe. We were able to hold onto the Middle East portion of the globe and hold our child close to our heart. It is easy for society to forget that we still have military serving their country in dangerous places. It is as we gather together, in unison, that we realize how blessed and fortunate we are to have each other for support. One mom even said, “I don’t know what I would do without the support of the Blue Star Mothers.”

As we passed a small globe of the world from person to person, we shared stories of our children and updated each other how we are doing and feeling. We have some mothers who have children that will be travelling to areas so remote that they will not be able to hear from them for a 6-8 week period. We have others who almost felt guilty because their child is currently stationed in the U.S. Celebrations were shared for children’s safe return to the U.S. too. A high percentage of our members have children who are in harm’s way or headed into harm’s way for the holiday season. This is extremely hard for our families.

It was so inspiring to openly share our happiness, sorrows and shed some tears in support of each other. As I think back over the last 30 years, I can still remember the exact feeling that I had on Christmas, 1990, when my husband was in Iraq – serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the children were 2, 3 and 6. We had the saddest Charlie Brown Christmas tree ever! I can also remember what how I felt in 2008 when my daughter was in Iraq and we had our 5 month old granddaughter with us. It just didn’t seem right. All I could do was hold her tight and tell her how much she was loved. What I knew, in my heart, is that I had to be there for our little granddaughter. I even remember that this is the exact weekend that she sat up for the first time! Talk about happiness!

I learned one very important thing from one member at the meeting. If you squeeze your butt cheeks together, you can control your tears. Let’s just say that so many of us had sore butts by the time we were finished. (It was hysterical). I also learned that it is impossible to cry and laugh at the same time!

The holidays are quickly approaching and this is an extremely hard time for us to understand the “why” of it all. Even though you may think that the holidays are still a long time off, think about how blessed you truly are to enjoy the freedom that we have in the US.

Thank you to all of the children, nephews, nieces and everyone who serves our country now, in the past and in the future. 

PS....our new website will launch on October 1, 2013. Check in with us @ www.bluestarmothersva4.org

 

 

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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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