Monday, November 23, 2015

Today we bow our heads to give thanks

Thanks to our Creator whose wisdom and strength is infinite.
Thanks to the winds, for cleansing tired and weary souls,
Thanks to the waters for life sustaining
Thanks to the Mother Earth as we lay her weary head to rest for
another season
Thanks to the Father Sun for warming our souls on the long cold days
Thanks to the fires that life is reborn anew.
Yes Creator today we give thanks for all of your little miracles
we take so much for granted each day
I thank you Creator for my warrior son,
Whose proud stance and carriage has
Carried him through many dark days,
And even darker nights.
He knows the Warriors Creed and
Knows the life he lives was chosen
Long ago for him.
I thank you Creator for the many hands
Each one holding a star blue or gold, to be enfolded
In this blanket not yet made
Each star is a prayer yet unanswered
They that share the knitting of a new blanket
In life they are the ones keeping the home fires lit
They are -
The mothers who stand beside, their child
Who are so far away, but so very near
The wives who stand beside their husbands
Who are so far away but so very near
The daughters who stand beside their
Mothers and grandmothers waiting for mommy or daddy to come home.
The husbands and fathers who stand waiting for their loved one
To come home.
Creator this day we give thanks
For prayers not yet answered.
Keep all of our family near and far strong –
know in our weakest moments
we are the strongest, know in the darkest moments
we are the light to guide them home.
Yes Creator this is a day of thanks
For all that has come before
And all that will come after.
Each little moment we give thanks
To you.
Keep our warriors strong,
Keep our warriors safe
Until all our hands and voices
Once again join together
Singing praise of Thanksgiving
Lynn VanCoonis 2007
Proud NH Blue Star Mother

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sharing from Ted Luszey, Operation Care for Troops (formally known as MooreMart)

Sharing from Ted Luszey, Operation Care for Troops (formally known as MooreMart)

Operation Care for Troops had a GREAT weekend! With the incredible support from the many generous people, corporations and , New Hampshire communities we collected enough supplies for our Holiday packing and for our next Winter Packing! We estimate three tons of goodies were put into storage after Saturday's event. With all your help Operation Care for Troops shipped 4751 Holiday stockings to our men and women serving in harms way. Even as we were packing these goodies and cards for our Troops we were getting new requests to send packages. We met these challenges and we exceeded our goal by more than 100% and we fullfilled all requests received! Thanks to each of you and your hard work.

On behalf of all of us at Operation Care for Troops I want to thank each and every one of you for your generosity and commitment to our mission of supporting our Troops and Veterans during this Holiday Season...

Thank you and happy Holidays!!

Ted Luszey
Operation Care for Troops

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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 ~ 

We want to share with you a great event that is happening in New Hampshire on December 12, 2015

Wreaths for NH Veterans Cemetery

We will be laying 1,500 wreaths at the NH Veterans Cemetery

on December 12, 2015 ~ 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 12th. 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 12th. To learn more visit: Blue Star Mothers of NH ~ Wreaths for Boscawen .