Tuesday, July 28, 2009

About that flag...

Guests arriving at our home often ask, "What is that flag?" It has been mistaken for a Confederate flag (it's not) and an early American version of the US flag (it's not that either). What it is, in fact, is a Blue Star service flag.

Right after Easter this year, our beautiful daughter deployed to Afghanistan, where she is still serving. She was married this year, too, on Valentine's Day, to another soldier who had already served 15 months in Afghanistan and will likely go again. These were pretty big changes in my life (not to mention in her life!)

After she deployed, I often felt teary and worried. I was happy to discover that there was a chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America that met in nearby Albany. Joining this group of ladies has been a great support. We share a rather special bond. BSMs is a good source of information for military parents, as well.

That Blue Star flag signifies that I proudly support my child serving in the military during wartime. If you are the mother of a son or daughter currently serving or honorably discharged, I encourage you to find out more about the Blue Star Mothers http://www.bluestarmothers.org/ . If there is no chapter near you, it only takes five people to start one. Even if you don't join, you can still proudly display a service flag. They are widely sold on line.

If you are not a military mom, please do what you can to support our service men and women. A simple, "Thank you for your service," is appropriate when you see a person in uniform. And a prayer or two wouldn't hurt. Each of them is someone's son or daughter...