Friday, December 6, 2013

Wreaths for Boscawen ~ 

We want to share with you a great event that is happening in New Hampshire on December 14, 2013

Wreaths for NH Veterans Cemetery

We will be laying 1,000 wreaths at the NH Veterans Cemetery

on December 14, 2013 ~ 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.

If you would like to make a donation to help us purchase a 12" Balsam Wreath with a four loop red bow is $6.50, our wreaths are purchased locally and delivered to the NH Veterans Cemetery on December 14th. Download the donation form ~ you may 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 Dec. 14th. To learn

Wreaths of Remembrance ~ this Saturday at Hesky Park, Meredith

Wreaths of Remembrance ~ this Saturday at Hesky Park, Meredith

The Blue Star Mothers of NH will be once again holding the Wreaths of Remembrance ceremonies in their communities across the state at their town's War Memorial.

The Blue Star Mothers in the Lakes Region will be holding the Wreaths of Remembrance on December 7, 2013 at 11:00 in front of the POW/MIA Memorial in Hesky Park, Meredith, NH. All are welcome to attend.

The wreath(s) represent our commitment as a United America to remember the fallen. This holiday wreath symbolizes our respect to all Military Personnel, both past and present, and to their families who have endured sacrifices everyday on our behalf. To our children, we want you to understand the freedoms you enjoy today have not been free but have come with a cost that someday, you may have to pay yourself. As a nation standing together, we can defeat terrorism, hatred and injustice. Thanks to our Veterans, we have the freedom to do just that.

This year the Christmas Wreath laying is to raise awareness of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, American POW being held captive in Afghanistan at this time and a way of letting his family know that they do not wait alone. We are asking that you send a Christmas card to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 2050 and to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, c/o American Red Cross, 2025 E Street NW, Washington DC 2006. The message should be short and positive..suggestion "Blessings, we wait for your safe return".

Wreaths of Remembrance in Londonderry ~ Blue Star Mothers of NH

Wreath Laying to be Held this Saturday

The members of the New Hampshire Blue Star Mothers will again host a wreath laying ceremony on the Town Common this weekend. The ceremony will be held in memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom, in honor of those presently servicing in the military and in tribute to U.S. military personnel whose last known status was either Prisoner of War of Missing in Action.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 AM
This marks the fifth year the Blue Star Mothers have come together for a wreath laying. Past ceremonies have opened with a moment of silence to remember the fallen, a speech on behalf of the mothers, and the laying of the wreath.
History of the Blue Star Mothers
On January 22, 1942 the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking Mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel, in Flint Blue Star Mothers Michigan. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.
On February 6th the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960 the organization was chartered by congress.
Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were an working part of homeland security during times our time of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times they have began to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging flags in their windows at home proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during at time of war.
The organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.