Marion County's Gold Star Mothers Recognized For The First Time
BELLEVIEW - They're part of an organization no one ever wants to be part of. Gold star mothers are those women who have lost their son or daughter while serving our country. The organization was named after the gold star that hung in their windows in honor of the deceased. Some of those mothers were recognized locally at the first Gold Star Mother's event by the American Legion Post in Belleview.
The American Legion Post 284 here in Belleview is taking the time to pay respect where it is due. The event was put together for gold star mothers but also honored the rest of the families.
The tune led the way for Gold Star Mothers in Marion County to be recognized. This is the first event here in Belleview of its kind.
John Rose American Legion Post 284, a past commander said, "We often forget the families, we remember the soldiers but it's all those families that are left behind that suffer the loss, when we lose one of them soldiers."
Six families were recognized for their sacrifice. Each one received a Gold Star Flag. The Farr's were one of them. Debbie Farr is the mother of Chad Lake who lost his life in Iraq in 2005. While she's not a Gold Star Mother she's considering joining the organization. "I think it's a good event. We never want our sons to be forgotten, that's what it's all about. Recognizing the family not just the mothers," Debbie Farr said.
Another family are the Blair's. Penny and John are the grandparents of Robert Blair who passed away while in combat back in 2006. "He from the very beginning, all he wanted to do is be in the army. And he grew up playing army games. He loved the woods, loved hunting, fishing... When the kids in high school were at the beach on skip day, Robert was at boot camp or at camp," Blair said.
The Blair's tell me the gold star organization does more than honor the memory of the fallen. "And I really feel like if you have the gold star mothers, it will help get over some grief counseling. We mothers need this, cause there's not a day that goes by, that I don't miss him," Blair added.
These mothers more than anyone know the price, the price of freedom. The families I talked to tell me that these are the kinds of events that help them find strength, despite their loss.
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