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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 »

Illinois Freedom Run to The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall

Illinois Freedom Run to The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall
The Illinois Freedom Run this Saturday, June 21st is one of the biggest and best motorcycle runs and patriotic events in the country. Beginning at the Grundy County Fairgrounds at 10:15am, the run fills Route 15 south of I-80 into Marsellies, ending at the Middle East Conflicts War Memorial on the banks of the Illinois... Read more »
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"Happy" Memorial Day

I’ve noticed a lot of controversy this year surrounding Memorial Day. In the past, just getting people to recognize it is not National Mattress Sale Day or National BBQ Day was a big deal. Of course, those efforts still continue and intentional misuses of the holiday still offend military and veteran families, none more so... Read more »

The Newest Veterans

When we think of war veterans, we generally think of old men in VFW hats. What we don’t think of is nineteen year old boys, but those are the veterans I met in May of 2011. The 101st Airborne (Air Assault) out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky was returning from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. This... Read more »

Coming Home

When a soldier is killed, there is a special unit that goes into action. It is called the Casaulty Notification team. Everyone who holds the rank of Non-Commissioned Officer or above in the Army and the Army Reserves goes through training, and hopes they are never called upon to fulfill this duty. During their rotation,... Read more »
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It's A Mistake

They say a mother always knows when her child is in trouble, when something bad happens. We are supposed to get a funny feeling, or a nameless worry niggling at our subconscious. I can’t say that happened, exactly, but that is because I simply didn’t believe anything bad was going to happen to my son.... Read more »

Red Fridays - Just Another Patrol

Red Fridays - Just Another Patrol
It’s a typical day, a typical patrol, November 1st, 2010 outside a little village called Sanjaray. Make a loop through town, let the locals know we are here, guarding the school we rebuilt after the Taliban blew it up, of course while it was occupied. But, it was only girls, so as far as they... 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, a wife and step-mom to two terrific boys. 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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