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Your Military Sons and Daughters

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

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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.


Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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