Blue Star Mothers Host Wreath Laying

Dec 02, 2011 No Comments by

A ceremony will be held in memory of those who have died in the name of freedom and for those whose last known status was either Prisoner of War or Missing in Action on the Town Common this weekend. The members of the New Hampshire Blue Star Mothers will again host their wreath laying ceremony.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10 AM

This marks the third year the Blue Star Mothers have come together for a wreath laying. Last year’s ceremony, held on the 11th of December, opened with a moment of silence to remember the fallen. Joanne Paradis then spoke on behalf of the mothers. Following her speech, fellow Blue Star Mothers Kathy Kemp and Katy Jerome laid the Christmas wreath.

Be sure to join the Blue Star Mothers this Saturday, December 3, 2011. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 AM. For more information, call Joanne Paradis at 432-6329.

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.

Be sure to visit the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire website for more information!


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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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