MAYVILLE - In light of the recent Gold Star Mothers and Families Day, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards would like to recognize the continued efforts of Chautauqua County's local chapter of Blue Star Mothers.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently proclaimed Sept. 29, 2013, as Gold Star Mothers and Families Day in the state of New York. Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been recognized as Gold Star Mothers Day, which is a day to honor and remember the sacrifices of the mothers and families of service members who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The terms Gold Star Mothers and Blue Star Mothers were derived from a custom during World War I where military families would display a service flag in their front window that would feature a star for each family member serving their country. On the flag, living members were represented by a blue star and a gold star honored family members who were killed in the line of duty.
"Here in Chautauqua County we owe a debt of gratitude to our local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, and I would like to thank them for their commitment to our service men and women and their families," Edwards said. "This group of military moms has an ever increasing public presence and one of the most important duties they take on is to support other families who are facing a deployment of a family member by spending time with them and helping them deal with the difficulties it can place on a family."
Chautauqua County's local Blue Star Mothers, known as the Lake Erie NY Chapter 4 Blue Star Mothers of America, first began in 2007 with only five members. Today, this group has 53 members and continues to grow. Over the years, these Blue Star Mothers have raised funds, sent thousands of care packages to our troops, educated the public on their mission, attended the funerals of our veterans, and most recently were instrumental in having a memorial plaque placed at the Jamestown Veterans Memorial Park for those local military who made the ultimate sacrifice.
As the holiday season approaches, this is the time of year when the Blue Star Mothers get very busy collecting donations for care packages to be sent to our troops during the holidays.
"By collecting nonperishable foods, hygiene products, books, games, holiday cards and other items, the Blue Star Mothers have ensured that those serving receive a package from home while they are far from their homes and families," said Edwards. "I encourage residents to join in the Blue Star Mothers' mission and to thank them for volunteering their time and talents to not only support our current service men and women, but to also remember all those who gave their lives to protect our freedom."
To join the Blue Star Mothers in their mission or to learn more about them, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the county executive's office at 753-4211.