Category: Gold Star

What To Say – And Not To Say – To A Gold Star

What To Say – And Not To Say – To A Gold Star
The simplest answer is, “I’m sorry for your loss”. Honestly, there is nothing else that needs to be said, nor is there anything else that can be safely said that won’t potentially give offense or cause more pain. But, even those five little words can cause a negative reaction depending on the recipient’s perception of... Read more »

Should NFL Players Be Fired?

Should NFL Players Be Fired?
There can be no doubt of my patriotism, respect for our flag, our military, our veterans, First Responders and good ol’ American apple pie. Naturally, many have assumed that I am up in arms over some NFL players, and now entire teams, choosing to take a knee rather than stand in respect of our flag... Read more »

A Letter to Combat Veterans on Memorial Day

A Letter to Combat Veterans on Memorial Day
Dear Combat Veteran, As a combat veteran, particularly if you are still in uniform, but even if you simply wear the hat people are going to thank you for your service in honor of Memorial Day. You will probably spend at least part of the National Mattress Sale Day weekend at a military or patriotic... Read more »
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A Card To My Son On Mother's Day

A Card To My Son On Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is the worst day of the year since he’s been gone. There are two others that are actually more heartbreaking, but they are private and in that there is some consolation. The day he died, the day two Army men told me what I was already told as cruelly as possible, was the... Read more »

Beauty in Death

This is another in the series, “Blogapalooza”. The rules are simple, at exactly 9:00pm on a predetermined date, a topic is announced. Tonight’s challenge is, “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand”. Something sad and wonderful, tragic and beautiful happened. To many, the words wonderful and beautiful being associated... Read more »

Truth in Pictures

Truth in Pictures
A patriotic story, or really any story, is made more impactful when paired with a visually arresting picture. And what could be more arresting than a young woman crying on a flag draped casket on a tarmac? The story behind the picture is a blank that gets filled in through the tear-blurred eyes of the... Read more »
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Viet Nam Gold Stars, Your Loss Is Not Forgotten

Viet Nam Gold Stars, Your Loss Is Not Forgotten
Margaret Gasperich will be waked June 16th at 10:00am at St. Joseph Church, 416 N. Chicago St in Joliet, to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Marge was 93 years old. She was also a Gold Star mother who buried her only child forty-four years ago. She grieved for her only child almost... Read more »

Memorial Day Message to Veterans from a Gold Star Mother

Memorial Day Message to Veterans from a Gold Star Mother
To all those who have honorably worn this nation’s uniform, I understand why you don’t want to be thanked or even recognized on this, your most sacred day of the year. Truly, I admire and respect when veterans say, “Don’t thank me, thank those who didn’t come home”. It is a mark of your character.... Read more »

Happy Memorial Day is a Choice

Happy Memorial Day is a Choice
Happy Memorial Day is an oxymoron. If we instead say happy Memorial day, with the emphasis on Memorial, then it makes a little more sense. For those of us whose every day is Memorial Day, the inclusion of the word, much less the thought happy, feels like a betrayal. And that is understandable but it... Read more »
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Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion
After ten months, the Army has officially charged Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.  This is both a good and bad development. For some, it is simply a relief. But like everything else regarding Bowe Bergdahl, there are questions and controversy. The first set of questions revolve around exactly what the charges... Read more »