Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia

Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia We are a proud and patriotic group of mothers of military servicemembers and veterans. We support one another and our troops.
The Northern Virginia Chapter of The Blue Star Mothers of Northern America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian organization. We do not support any political candidate nor do we endorse any religious organization. We are a 501(c)3 Organization.
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This is the VA5 Chapter, encompassing the VA, MD, and DC region, of the National Blue Star Mothers organization. We support families and members of the military (active duty and veterans).

Mission: The purposes of the corporation shall be: To perpetuate the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., and the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the U.S. Armed Forces; the further object of this organization shall be patriotic, educational, social, and for service; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States; to educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information; to assist in veterans' ceremonies, to attend patriotic rallies and meetings; to foster true democracy; to care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons to the service of the Nation; to aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities; to uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and to defend the United States from all enemies.

Elks Lodge #2406Flag Day CeremonyRetirement & DisposalLocation: Elks Lodge, Sterling, VirginiaPhotography by: Elks Membe...
06/17/2020

Elks Lodge #2406
Flag Day Ceremony
Retirement & Disposal
Location: Elks Lodge, Sterling, Virginia
Photography by: Elks Member, @Herbert Valle

Elks Lodge #2406
Flag Day Ceremony
Retirement & Disposal
Location: Elks Lodge, Sterling, Virginia
Photography by: Elks Member, @Herbert Valle

Happy 245th Birthday U.S. Army!  And let us also celebrate Flag Day!#245thUSArmyBirthday#FlagDay
06/14/2020

Happy 245th Birthday U.S. Army! And let us also celebrate Flag Day!
#245thUSArmyBirthday
#FlagDay

Happy 245th Birthday U.S. Army! And let us also celebrate Flag Day!
#245thUSArmyBirthday
#FlagDay

June 13, 2020.  Members attended meeting/brunch with some who used Zoom to attend remotely.  Our group put together 12 c...
06/13/2020

June 13, 2020. Members attended meeting/brunch with some who used Zoom to attend remotely. Our group put together 12 care packages.

Blue Star Mothers are a proud and patriotic group mothers of service members and veterans. For membership, join us at novabluestarmothers.org

#BlueStarMothersOfNorthernVirginia
#MonthlyMeeting
#CarePackages

06/06/2020
On June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the largest amphibious mil...
06/06/2020

On June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France, commonly known as D-Day.

By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., American troops came ashore at Utah and Omaha beaches.

The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where the U.S. First Division battled high seas, mist, mines, burning vehicles—and German coastal batteries, including an elite infantry division, which spewed heavy fire. Many wounded Americans ultimately drowned in the high tide. British divisions, which landed at Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches, and Canadian troops also met with heavy German fire.

But by day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches and were then able to push inland. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.

#DDay
#OperationOverlord

Source: History.com

Yesterday afternoon, Friday, May 29, 2020,several members of Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001donated a...
05/30/2020

Yesterday afternoon, Friday, May 29, 2020,
several members of Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001
donated and delivered a motorized electric chair to Comrade Carl Johnson. A Loudoun County resident, Carl transferred into Post 2001 about 4 years ago. He is the last Tuskegee Airman to receive his wings. He has a long, honorable and fascinating career see https://www.stripes.com/news/us/heroism-amid-bigotry-carl-johnson-was-the-last-tuskegee-airman-to-earn-his-wings-1.429308). We are privileged to have him in our Post and call him our comrade.

#TuskegeeAirman
#WWIIKoreaVietnam
#AmericanLegionPost2001

Yesterday afternoon, Friday, May 29, 2020,
several members of Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001
donated and delivered a motorized electric chair to Comrade Carl Johnson. A Loudoun County resident, Carl transferred into Post 2001 about 4 years ago. He is the last Tuskegee Airman to receive his wings. He has a long, honorable and fascinating career see https://www.stripes.com/news/us/heroism-amid-bigotry-carl-johnson-was-the-last-tuskegee-airman-to-earn-his-wings-1.429308). We are privileged to have him in our Post and call him our comrade.

#TuskegeeAirman
#WWIIKoreaVietnam
#AmericanLegionPost2001

05/25/2020
Arlington National Cemetery

Soldiers from 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place flags at every gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.

(U.S. Army video by Les Owen)

Soldiers from 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place flags at every gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.

(U.S. Army video by Les Owen)

05/25/2020
Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020
#AllGaveSomeSomeGaveAll
#WeWillNotForget

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. Because of these sacrifices, the dawn of justice and freedom throughout the world slowly casts its gleam across the horizon."
~President Harry Truman

https://youtu.be/KoRyxBdy804

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, let us reflect on the tremendous price that was paid by the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to ...

05/25/2020
Images of Loudoun County

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Red's BBQ & Pizzeria hosted their Memorial Day Relief Event in the Gold's Gym parking lot on Red Rum Drive, Ashburn, Virginia. Team Red Force One distributed the best bbq and pizza and looks forward to the next event! #MemorialDay #Honor #Respect #Remembrance

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Red's BBQ and Pizzeria hosted their Memorial Day Relief Event in the Gold's Gym parking lot on Red Rum Drive, Ashburn, Virginia. Team Red Force One distributed the best bbq and pizza and looks forward to the next event! #MemorialDay #Honor #Respect #Remembrance

Video by Herbert Valle, USN Veteran

On Saturday morning, May 23, 2020, American Legion Post 34 of Leesburg, VA hosted thee flag laying event at Union Cemete...
05/25/2020

On Saturday morning, May 23, 2020, American Legion Post 34 of Leesburg, VA hosted thee flag laying event at Union Cemetery. This event was the largest group of people that participated in this event ever.

We had veterans from four different American Legion posts, Post 34 Leesburg, Post 293 Purcellville, Post 295 Middleburg, Post 96 Brunswick Md. VFW Post 1177 and VFW Post 1177 Aux, Leesburg, Marine Corp League, Sons of Confederate Veterans. American Legion Auxiliary, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of the American Revolution, Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodge # 2406, Sterling, all helped in this event. Additionally, local citizens came out to help too.

It makes one feel good to see such a great number of people coming out to pay their respects to our fallen.

On Saturday morning, May 23, 2020, American Legion Post 34 of Leesburg, VA hosted the flag laying event at Union Cemetery. This event was the largest group of people that participated in this event ever.

Veterans from four different American Legion posts, Post 34 Leesburg, Post 293 Purcellville, Post 295 Middleburg, Post 96 Brunswick Md., VFW Post 1177 and VFW Post 1177 Aux, Leesburg, Marine Corp League, Sons of Confederate Veterans. American Legion Auxiliary, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of the American Revolution, Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodge # 2406, Sterling, all helped in this event. Additionally, local citizens came out to help too.

#MemorialDay
#Honor
#Respect
#Remembrance

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Red's BBQ and Pizzeria hosted their Memorial Day Relief Event in the Gold's Gym parking lot o...
05/25/2020

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Red's BBQ and Pizzeria hosted their Memorial Day Relief Event in the Gold's Gym parking lot on Red Rum Drive, Ashburn, Virginia. Team Red Force One distributed the best bbq and pizza and looks forward to the next event!

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Red's BBQ and Pizzeria hosted their Memorial Day Relief Event in the Gold's Gym parking lot on Red Rum Drive, Ashburn, Virginia. Team Red Force One distributed the best bbq and pizza and looks forward to the next event!

#MemorialDay
#Honor
#Respect
#Remembrance

As we honor our fallen on Memorial Day, explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery...
05/24/2020
Arlington National Cemetery

As we honor our fallen on Memorial Day, explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.

#MemorialDay
#RespectHonorRemembrance
#ArlingtonNationalCemetery

https://weta.org/tv/program/arlington-national-cemetery

Explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.

Good morning!  Remember Every Deployed (RED). Importantly let us remember and honor those who lost their lives in the co...
05/22/2020

Good morning! Remember Every Deployed (RED). Importantly let us remember and honor those who lost their lives in the course of performing military duties to the USA. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originally honored those lost fighting in the Civil War. After the USA became embroiled in several world conflicts, the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
#MemorialDay
#Remember
#Honor

Good evening all, I would like break the pandemic monotony and introduce a non-COVID-19-related communication for a chan...
05/19/2020
Asian Pacific American Heritage in the Collections

Good evening all, I would like break the pandemic monotony and introduce a non-COVID-19-related communication for a change. Moreover, since there really hasn’t been much cause for celebration since the onset of the coronavirus, let’s all celebrate this: Happy National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

During May, let’s acknowledge Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month—a salute to our American brothers and sisters of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

Did you know that Asian/Pacific Islanders represent a wide group of heritages. They encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of : 1) Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia); 2) Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island); and 3) Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands). That’s a lot of islands. (BTW, “nēsos” in Greek means “island,” which is where we get the “-nesia” suffix for Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia.)

This year’s AAPI Heritage Month theme, “Unite Our Nation by Empowering Equality,” focuses on diversity, inclusion, and leadership to advance the AAPI community. The theme emphasizes empowerment to increase representation in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Did you know? Filipinos in Louisiana were the first recorded settlement of Asians in the United States, all the way back in the 1760s.

Please take time out of your schedule to learn about the Asian/Pacific community. You can do this safely in our current social-distancing environment by visiting the Smithsonian Institution’s virtual gallery, “Spotlight on Asia”. Taking this virtual tour also could align with the homeschooling that many of you are already doing.

Enjoy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

https://www.si.edu/spotlight/asian-american

Asian Pacific Americans have been central to the American story.... Learn more

05/16/2020
VFW Post 1177

Today, Saturday, May 16, 2020, VFW Post 1177 of Leesburg, Virginia celebrated Armed Forces Day at MISSION BBQ (Sterling, VA).

Maj Dennis Boykin (USA, retired) led the singing of the National Anthem.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

#ArmedForcesDay
#VFWPost1177
#MissionBBQ

Today, Saturday, May 16, 2020, VFW Post 1177 of Leesburg, Virginia celebrated Armed Forces Day at MISSION BBQ (Sterling, VA).

Maj Dennis Boykin (USA, retired) led the singing of the National Anthem.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

#ArmedForcesDay
#VFWPost1177
#MissionBBQ

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.  Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay spe...
05/16/2020

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

Today, Saturday, May 16, 2020, let us celebrate Armed Forces Day!

#ArmedForcesDay

Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205
05/11/2020

Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205

A Texas Marine needed Mother's Day flowers delivered to his mother, also a Marine. Our Loudoun County Marine Corps League did the honors in Marine Corps fashion.

ATTENTION ARTISTS! Requesting submission for a Memorial Day photo competition. American Legion is looking for creative t...
05/10/2020

ATTENTION ARTISTS! Requesting submission for a Memorial Day photo competition. American Legion is looking for creative talent amongst our community. We would like your single captivating photo or consolidated photo collage that represents what Memorial Day means to you.

Submissions open at midnight on Monday, May 11th, 2020 and close at midnight on Monday, May 18th, 2020. Please email your submission to [email protected]. Include the words PHOTO CONTEST in the subject heading. Richard will confirm email receipt and send you the photo release form for signature.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

1st Place – $100 Visa gift card + prominent American Legion social media feature.

2nd Place – $75 Visa gift card + social media mention.

3rd Place – $50 Visa gift card + social media mention.

Rules and Regulations

Original photography preferred (.jpg, .png, or .pdf format).
If re-purposing a non-original photo, please acquire appropriate permissions.

If re-purposing a non-original photo, please add your own creative flare (looking for at least 90% originality).
You may submit 1 photo or 1 consolidated photo collage.
Photo can be in any color, combination of colors, or applicable filters.

Visit http://ashburnlegion.org/ for entire post.

*We reserve the right to partner with local media and promote the competition.

#AmericanLegionPost2001AshburnVA
#MemorialDayPhotoContest

ATTENTION ARTISTS! Requesting submission for a Memorial Day photo competition. American Legion is looking for creative talent amongst our community. We would like your single captivating photo or consolidated photo collage that represents what Memorial Day means to you.

Submissions open at midnight on Monday, May 11th, 2020 and close at midnight on Monday, May 18th, 2020. Please email your submission to [email protected]. Include the words PHOTO CONTEST in the subject heading. Richard will confirm email receipt and send you the photo release form for signature.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

1st Place – $100 Visa gift card + prominent American Legion social media feature.

2nd Place – $75 Visa gift card + social media mention.

3rd Place – $50 Visa gift card + social media mention.

Rules and Regulations

Original photography preferred (.jpg, .png, or .pdf format).
If re-purposing a non-original photo, please acquire appropriate permissions.

If re-purposing a non-original photo, please add your own creative flare (looking for at least 90% originality).
You may submit 1 photo or 1 consolidated photo collage.
Photo can be in any color, combination of colors, or applicable filters.

Visit http://ashburnlegion.org/ for entire post.

*We reserve the right to partner with local media and promote the competition.

05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Today we celebrate and honor all mothers, mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society!

#MothersDay

05/10/2020
United States Navy Band

United States Navy Band

May 8, 2020, marks 75 years since Allied forces accepted the surrender of the Nazis in #WWII. Today and everyday we salute our Greatest Generation! #VEDay

Good morning on this beautiful Saturday morning!#MothersDayWeekend
05/09/2020

Good morning on this beautiful Saturday morning!
#MothersDayWeekend

05/09/2020
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

LIVE: @POTUS Donald J. Trump honors those who came before us in a #VEDay75 wreath laying ceremony at the #WWII Memorial.

May 2020 is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  We celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of amaz...
05/08/2020
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2020

May 2020 is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of amazing #servicemembers and #veterans.🎖️

Let’s join the nation in paying tribute to the Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians who demonstrated selfless service and sacrifice in the U.S. Army, United States Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, & National Guard.

Thank you for your service!

#AsianAmericanHeritageMonth #PacificIslanderHeritageMonth

https://asianpacificheritage.gov/

Paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

05/08/2020

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Today is a day for us to show our appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifice our military spouses make for our country. We are recognizing them for their support and love!

Also, today is Victory in Europe (VE) Day, which we celebrate the Allied victory in Europe at the end of World War II.

#MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay
#VEDay

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We are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes.

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Helping Vietnam Veterans
Looking to spread the word on this amazing event. If you know Vietnam Veterans, please invite them. We are in need of volunteers to line our red carpet as we welcome Vietnam Veterans as they arrive. Thank you!
The United States Vietnam War Commemoration Program is an important way to honor these veterans. Please come and learn more about the program. All welcome!
Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia- Please join a newly created FB Group called Blue Star Mothers (VA-5) Members Only. This private group will allow us to discuss privately upcoming events, planning, etc. Once you request to join, an administrator will confirm you are a member of VA-5 and will approve you to join. Looking forward to connecting with everyone in VA-5! We have some wonderful and impactful things planned for this year! Michaela https://www.facebook.com/groups/2554838317887987/
To my fellow Blue Star Moms
THE MAKING OF A MILITARY MOM~ When the good Lord was creating mothers, he was into his fifth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said, “You’re having a lot of trouble with this one. Why not use the standard model?” And the Lord replied, “Have you seen the specifications on this order? Give birth to a child that will become one of my warriors; instill values of duty, honor, and country into them from birth while teaching them to be compassionate and loving; safeguard this treasure through flu, sickness, cuts and scrapes knowing that she can’t be with them when country calls; embrace them but let go of her precious gift to perfect strangers; brighten their day when all seems confused not knowing the pain they are enduring; have the patience of a saint when waiting for them to return home; and have two sets of shoulders to handle the weight of both love and uncertainty.” The angel shrugged slowly looking down and said, “two sets of shoulders… no way!” And the Lord answered, ”Don’t worry, we’ll make other military mothers to help carry the burden. Besides it’s not the shoulders that are causing the problem, it’s the heart. It must swell with pride, sustain the ache of separation, beat on steadily when it’s too worried to do so and be large enough to say, “I Understand” when it doesn’t. “Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve gently. “Come to bed… finish this tomorrow!” “I can’t,” said the Lord. ”I’m so close to creating something special and unique. Already I have one who heals herself from within; can send joy a thousand miles away in just a small box; able to cheer them up with one phone call and can wave good-bye from a pier, a car or off a runway and understand that it is important to her country that they leave.” The angel circled the model of the military mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed. “But tough,” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this woman can do or endure.” “Can it think?” “Can it think? It can home school if need be” Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.” “It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.” “What’s it for?” asked the angel. “It’s for joy. Sadness. Disappointment. Pain, loneliness and pride!” “You are a genius,” sighed the angel. The Lord looked somber and replied, “I didn’t put it there." Author Unknown