Posts in category "PFC Andrew Meari"

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 »

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 »

My Son PFC Andrew Meari is Their Soldier

My Son PFC Andrew Meari is Their Soldier
This past weekend  something horrible happened and I couldn’t be more grateful. The PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park that was recently dedicated to my son was vandalized. Specifically, the park sign and the plaque explaining who he was and why the park was dedicated to him were tagged with spray paint. My family and I... Read more »
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I Dream of Afghanistan

I dream of going to Afghanistan. I’m fascinated with history and in particular with places that have seen much of it. But I’m not interested in the history of that ancient and storied land. Or, not all of the history. There is just one moment in the long ribbon of time that calls to me... Read more »

PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park, What It Really Means

PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park, What It Really Means
PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park has been officially dedicated. The sign is not yet permanently installed because the sign manufacturer made a small error and are working on a fix. It’s not yet searchable on Google Maps or Mapquest either, but it is a reality, a real place with real meaning. Regular readers will recognize... 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 »
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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 »

Private Grief vs Public Grief

Private Grief vs Public Grief
Of all the issues, challenges and horrors being a Gold Star Mother entails, the one I wish someone had warned me about is how to deal with casual acquaintances from the past. In one of the many Gold Star groups to which I belong, someone posed a question about how to deal with those inevitable... Read more »

One Perfect Day-A Conversation With Andrew

One Perfect Day-A Conversation With Andrew
Once again, ChicagoNow is holding a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and one hour in which to write. This month’s assignment was, “Write what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy”.   My perfect day would be bright and clear, with a warm sun but the temperature wouldn’t matter. If... Read more »
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No More Killed In Action explained

I’ve taken a lot of flak for my post, No More Killed In Action #NoMoreKIAs, from August. Several of those for whom I have the deepest respect for their service to our country told me they feel almost betrayed. They remind me that risking their lives is part of the package, a risk they willingly... Read more »
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    Born and bred in Chicago, now living in the wilds of far suburbia. I'm a Gold Star Mom. My views are generally politically and socially conservative, though I am far from a Party line Republican. I believe in this country, our Constitution and above all, in the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our government is supposed to serve the people, not tell them how to live. To me, this is just common sense, but since it seems to be a minority opinion, it has become "Uncommon Sense".

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