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This Sunday marks Blue Star Mothers Day in New Hampshire

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To The Daily Sun,

This Sunday, May 21, the governor will issue a proclamation calling for a proper observance of the first Sunday after Mother's Day which shall be known as New Hampshire Blue Star Mother's Day, recognizing and honoring all mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Since World War I mothers have hung Blue Star Flags in their windows while their children served in the armed forces, especially during conflicts or wars. To be a Blue Mother or Father is an Honor only your child can give to you. The Blue Star stands for hope and pride.

Becoming a military parent continues the life long journey ... of hope and pride. As when your child was born, you were filled with that hope and pride as well as excitement, anxiety, fear and great joy. As you step into the walk of being a military parent that journey continues, and once again life changes. You find yourself noticing even more the patriotic symbols all around you, flying your United States flag with a different kind of pride. Thus "Supporting Our Troops" in a way you have probably never before.

Life changes. As your child will hold him or herself to a higher standard, you too will find it changes your life, forever supporting your child in a different way with even more hope and pride for serving our country to keep our land free.

May you and your child be blessed while this journey of life unfolds. Remember, to be a Blue Star Mother or Father is an honor only your child can give to you.

Karen Thurston
Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire

Gilford