HAMPSTEAD – As the saying goes, “It takes one to know one,” and Hampstead’s Kathy Jerome would like everyone to understand the importance of what it means to be a Blue Star Mother.
Jerome, Recording Secretary of Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire, and their President, Karen Thurston, have joined forces to seek support for a proclamation from Governor Chris Sununu honoring Mother’s Day in particular for Blue Star Mothers.
Jerome and Thurston, as well as other Granite State Blue Star Mothers, have a request for Governor Sununu to annually proclaim the first Sunday after Mother’s Day as Blue Star Mother’s Day, recognizing and honoring all mothers who have or have had sons or daughters in the United States armed forces. The governor shall urge the citizens of this state to observe this day with appropriate events.
“We celebrate the first Sunday after Mother’s Day as New Hampshire Blue Star Mother’s Day,” Jerome said. “On behalf of the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire, it is with great honor that we welcome all parents into the journey of being a military parent. The governor shall annually proclaim the first Sunday after Mother’s Day as 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. This Sunday, moms across the country will be treated to breakfast in bed, homemade cards, bouquets of flowers and fancy dinners in restaurants. But for those who have sons and daughters fighting wars overseas, Mother’s Day won’t be all roses.”
Since WWI, mothers have hung “Blue Star Flags” in their windows while their children served in the armed forces, especially during conflicts or wars.
Jerome and Thurston said, “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.”
According to Jerome, the term ‘Military Mothers’ describes two distinct groups of women.
“On the one hand,” she says, “it describes mothers whose sons and daughters are members of the military. On the other, it describes mothers who are themselves members of the military. Though many military mothers have grown used to their children’s absences on Mother’s Day and other special occasions, it doesn’t make those times any easier, especially for moms whose sons and daughters are in the line of fire in Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Mothers whose children are in the military and deployed to military bases around the world, or serving in a war zone far from home, live with daily fear and worry for the lives of those to whom they gave birth, and nurtured into the fine young men and women they are. They worry that those children may return home with missing limbs or with PTSD, and may not be the same person who deployed, or that they may return in a flag-draped casket. And mothers, who must leave their children behind to go to a war zone far from home, live with daily fear for their own lives because they worry about the possibility that their children may have to grow up without a mother. And they worry about the impact their absence will have on little psyches, and whether that impact will be lasting.