Posts tagged "Gold Star Mothers"

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 »

Grief Changes Your Address Book

Grief changes your address book. There are welcome additions and equally welcome deletions. All of us who have found each other on this path we’d rather not walk know this to be true. All of us know a few other things, too. This grief is all bout us. We don’t want pity but being understood... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

No More Killed In Action, #NoMoreKIAs

No More KIAs means no boots on the ground in Iraq in response to the beheading of James Foley. For that matter, in response to anything that is not a direct attack on us. By on us, I mean on US soil. I am a member of a very exclusive club and it is our... Read more »

Mother's Day for Once A Moms

Mother's Day for Once A Moms
Mother’s Day is almost here and already I can hardly breathe. It feels like my chest is literally caving in and if I didn’t know better, I’d think it was a heart attack. But I do know better as I’ve become all too familiar with this feeling. It’s just what a truly, irreparably, permanently, broken... Read more »
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Merry Christmas My Friend, A Soldiers Silent Night

It’s Christmas Eve and all around the world, many of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardsmen are far from home. More than 50,000 of them are in places where their lives are at risk, doing a job most could never imagine much less endure. At no point in the history of this country have... Read more »
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    Denise Williams

    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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