Wreath Now on Display in Londonderry

Dec 31, 2011 No Comments by

Now on display at the Londonderry Leach Library, a wreath was presented by Joanne Paradis on behalf of the Blue Star Mothers. The wreath is decorated with stars inscribed with the names of war veterans of Londonderry.  Next to the wreath is a log book where visitors can honor a military member or veteran by writing in his or her name.

Library Director Barbara Ostertag-Holtkamp accepts the Londonderry Heroes Christmas Wreath on behalf of the Library Trustees, from Joanne Paradis, (L) member of the Blue Star Mothers.

The Blue Star Mothers are known throughout the state to host several events honoring soldiers who have served in, lost their lives in or became prisoners of war.

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.

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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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