Sunday, May 12, 2013

Military Moms, Gold Star Moms and Military Veteran Moms on Mother's Day

Saluting Women Veterans on Mother's Day
05/10/2013 - Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century and it's always been a very emotional day. Mothers are usually the first teachers of our children, as well as our first impression of how we view the world. Whether a sports figure is throwing a ball giving honor to his mother, or whether it's someone going off to war and waiting for that letter mom sends telling about what's happening back at home. As they say there's nothing like a "mother's love." Well, let me ask how do you think mothers who serve in the military feel during this time when they can't necessarily be at home with their children, or if you're a military wife and mother who has to care for the family alone. read more>>>

Military moms celebrate Mother's Day rebuilding family ties
05/12/2013 - Soon after Miriam Beg gave birth to her son, she was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army, so she left baby Michael with her mother-in-law.

"I was really worried to leave my child so young," said Beg, 29, "just 4 months (old)."

In the combat zone, she received photos and e-mails documenting his milestones.

"I missed his first step, his first word, his first everything," she said. "By the time I came back, he was over a year old." read more>>>

Local military moms focus on giving comfort to others this week
May 12, 2013 - Three days before Mother’s Day, Fairfield County’s members of the Blue Star Mothers were getting together at Mills Memorial Church to nurture military members with boxes of goodies.

It’s a simple act of kindness these women have been doing since 2007. Most, including Rose Ann Elliott, Stella LeFever and Elaine Nixon, will be separated this Mother’s Day from their children, who are deployed around the world.

“It’s tough not being able to see them on Mother’s Day,” said Elliott, of Lancaster, who serves as president of the local chapter. read more>>>

A Mother's Day salute to Gold Star Mothers
May 12, 2013 - Mother's Day is one of those holidays committed solely to the joys of life. Every culture, in its own way, celebrates moms. Mother's Day is a holiday in which the simplest gestures have the greatest impact. Families will fumble to make breakfast in bed for their mother and children will give handcrafted gifts such as a finger painting or a special picture of the child framed with Popsicle sticks. These modest treasures are priceless to a mother, and that is just one of the things that make mothers so special.

But there is a group of mothers whose celebration this Mother's Day, and on all future Mother's Days, will be bittersweet. read more>>>

Alexandria Gold Star Mother speaks about sacrifice, military life
May 11, 2013 - One student at Louisiana State University at Alexandria shared her story of sacrifice at a pre-Memorial Day function on Wednesday.

Felicia Young-Wilkinson spoke at LSUA’s “Lunch’n Learn,” honoring veterans, military personnel and those who sacrificed with them — something Young-Wilkinson knows all too well.

Young-Wilkinson was a stay-at-home mom for most of her husband’s 25-year career in the U.S. Army. But during his deployment for Operation: Desert Storm, Young-Wilkinson volunteered as a case worker for the American Red Cross. read more>>>

America’s Finest Rewards Honors Gold Star Mothers Honoring Our Fallen partnership pampers some amazing mothers on Mother’s Day
May 03, 2013 - America’s Finest Rewards is proud to partner with Honoring Our Fallen, Inc. this Mother’s Day to host 10 Gold Star Mothers on a weekend getaway. The 1st Annual Honoring Our Fallen Inc. Gold Star Mother’s Retreat will be held at The Historic Santa Maria Inn from May 3-5th. A Gold Star Mother is a term used to refer to any woman in the United States who loses a son or a daughter in combat.

The women will be pampered with massages and wine tastings throughout the weekend and will enjoy some relaxing time with other women who understand what being a Gold Star Mother really means. read more>>>

Mums of fallen Australian soldiers tell of heartbreak on Mother's Day
May 12, 2013 - IN AMERICA they call them Gold Star Mums - mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war.

Our own military mums are less visible but their grief is no less binding - or heartfelt.

Today, mums around Australia will enjoy Mother's Day with their family but for the mothers of Australia's fallen soldiers it is a time of unspeakable sadness as they deal with a profound sense of loss and longing.

Since February 2002, a total of 39 young Australian men have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in far-off Afghanistan.

It is not uncommon for a dying soldier to call out for his mother and the relationship between mother and son is, in many cases, so deep that it is impossible to explain. read more>>>

"Thank you for all that you do": Military Mother's Day Tea with the First Lady and Dr. Biden
May 10, 2013 - Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a special Mother's Day tea to honor military mothers and show their appreciation and thanks for all the important work they do as well as the sacrifices their families have made in service of our country.

Dr. Biden spoke first and thanked the military moms in attendance: read more>>>

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