5 yrs ago yesterday I sat in the US Army recruiting office with my son. The Recruiter had his paperwork ready… a signature and he was on the path to joining the Army. “You are joining the US Army ina combat MOS. We are a nation at war. You will be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. You will see combat. Do you understand this?” “Yes Sir” and he was then allowed to sign. I was proud of him. He was 17 at that time so I and his father signed also. Some people think that if I could go back I wouldn’t sign now… but I would. It’s what he wanted. It was an honorable path to take in life. He invested his life coin in so much.
Today is Gold Star Mothers and Family day.
Each year on the 4th Sunday of September, the United States president is requested to issue a proclamation to: call on US government officials to display the nation’s flag on all government buildings; and to call on people to display the flag and hold appropriate meetings at homes, churches, or other suitable places on Gold Star Mother’s Day to publicly express the love, sorrow, and reverence those who are Gold Star mothers and their families.
This year Pres. Obama proclaimed this day Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day. While mothers are often centered out in remembering our Fallen the families are also grieving and have made the same sacrifices as the mother. All too often the fathers, siblings, grandparents and other extended family members are forgotten and left in the background. I hope that in the years to come the families will continued to be recognized in such a manner.
Many people have marked the day with kind words, luncheons and candle lightings. The Media is notably quiet but even that does not surprise me. What did surprise me is how few blogs who claim to support the military acknowledged this day. Only one of the dozen or so I visited. It truly brings home my son’s First Sgt’s words.
“I think a lot of people are willing to put a bumper sticker on their car that says ‘I support the troops’ but numbers show, less than two percent of Americans serve in the military. In the end, some gave all
and some bought a bumper sticker.” – Rick Skidis