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Thursday, November 3, 2016

An Open Letter To Our Veterans

Since we became an independent country many years have come and gone, however, there is one constant that remains from the 1700’s through today. Our country has had many brave men and women volunteer to defend our country. There was a movie produced about World War II, whose name I cannot recall, but at the end there is a line which rings true (even though the words are not an exact quote), “Where do we get these brave men and women to always step forward when the need arises?” These men and women come from all over our country and too many times are taken for granted. Men and women, who during times of war and peace, are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and spend countless holidays, birthdays and special events away from their family and friends. The pay is not great, but they continue to volunteer and many make it a career. They are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends. We may not always agree in the wars and battles that we fight, but this should not deter us from the support we give to these men and women in uniform. It is through the sacrifice that they and the numerous individuals before them have made, which provides us with the freedoms we have to disagree and speak our objections. While words cannot pay what we owe you and your families, we ‘thank you’ for your sacrifice. To the families who have lost loved ones, we offer our most heartfelt condolences. Many of us have never endured the pain you must feel, but our hearts hurt for your loss and wish we could help ease your pain. Let us never forget the people who did not make it home. Remember those still serving in our prayers and never take for granted the sacrifices they make. In closing, one more time I would like to say…… THANK YOU!!!

Wreaths for Boscawen

Wreaths for Boscawen ~ 
We want to share with you a great event that is happening in New Hampshire on December 17, 2016

Wreaths for NH Veterans Cemetery

We will be laying 1,200 wreaths at the NH Veterans Cemetery

on December 17, 2016 ~ Starting at 10:30am

This is an idea that started with a Gold Star Family in 2007 and was inspired by the wreaths placed at Arlington National Cemetery (Worcester Wreath Company) the Blue Star Mothers decided we needed to answer this Christmas wish.
Your donation of $7.00 will help us purchase the 12" Balsam Wreaths with a four loop red bow. Our wreaths are purchased locally and delivered to the NH Veterans Cemetery on December 17th. Download the donation form where you can make your donation in Honor of or in Memory of someone that will be entered on our Tribute page
Join us for the Wreaths for Boscawen on December 17th. To learn more visit: Blue Star Mothers of NH ~ Wreaths for Boscawen .

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Military Appreciation Day at Apple Hill Farm

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016 ~ Noon - 4 pm
Where: Apple Hill Farm, Concord, New Hampshire
WHO: All Military members, Veterans, Retirees and their families;
COST: None, it’s FREE!
Chuck and Dian Souther invite you to their annual Military Appreciation Day. There will be free apple picking, face painting, pumpkin painting, apple crisp, and more. The day is FREE to all current Military members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families. No need to register, your Military ID is your ticket in.
If you are a family member but don’t have a Military ID, e-mail the Blue Star Mothers at nhbluestarmom@yahoo.com. Put the words APPLE HILL on the subject line.
Apple Hill Farm is located at 580 Mountain Road, Concord, NH 03301. From the south, take Exit 17 off Route 93. Go left at the top of the ramp, then left at the stop sign; from the north take exit 17E off Route 93, and bear right over the highway then go left at the stop sign. Look for the Apple Hill Farm sign on your right (see above).

The Souther Family honors all Military, past and present, and are looking forward to seeing you again this year.
Chuck and Diane Souther

Thursday, August 4, 2016

2016 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ THE COAST GUARD TURNS 226


The Coast Guard Turns 221 The Coast Guard celebrates its 226th birthday in August this year. The Coast Guard is one of America's five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress.
The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws.
The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation's waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Seacoast Salutes The Troops

Seacoast Salutes

7/24/2016 11:00 am - 7/24/2016 4:00 pm

1 Redhook Way Pease International Tradeport
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Free for actively serving, $10 for veterans, $15 general admission
Service Credit Union and Redhook Brewery will host Seacoast Salutes, a one day event to honor the sacrifices of our active duty military personnel and their families.  As a fundraiser for the Chaplains Emergency Relief Fund 100% of donations raised at this year's event will help military personnel and families in crisis.  Admission gets you 1 free beer, unlimited food, and we’ll have music and games going all day. Website: www.seacoastsalute.com



Seacoast Salutes The Troops

Seacoast Salutes

7/24/2016 11:00 am - 7/24/2016 4:00 pm

1 Redhook Way Pease International Tradeport
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Free for actively serving, $10 for veterans, $15 general admission
Service Credit Union and Redhook Brewery will host Seacoast Salutes, a one day event to honor the sacrifices of our active duty military personnel and their families.  As a fundraiser for the Chaplains Emergency Relief Fund 100% of donations raised at this year's event will help military personnel and families in crisis.  Admission gets you 1 free beer, unlimited food, and we’ll have music and games going all day. Website: www.seacoastsalute.com



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Happy 241st Birthday Army

Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries.
The U.S. Army's 241st Birthday is June 14, 2016, a day we celebrate the Total Army Force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians and their contributions to national defense. The American Soldier trains, deploys, engages, and destroys enemies of the United States in combat operations as the world's premier land force.
The American Soldier -- Always Ready, Always Leading
Today, as in years past, Soldiers serve as the cornerstone of the Army Profession. As Army Professionals, we are grateful for the opportunity to maintain the trust and confidence of the American people while adding to our legacy of 241 years strong.