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.
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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.

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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04/19/2021

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On April 16, 2021, the World War I Centennial Commission will celebrate the Inaugural Raising of the Flag of the United ...
04/19/2021
Virtual Event - First Colors Ceremony | WWICC

On April 16, 2021, the World War I Centennial Commission will celebrate the Inaugural Raising of the Flag of the United States of America over the newly constructed National World War I Memorial site in Washington, DC.

This First Colors Ceremony is designed to “bring our history home.” It began with an American flag that first flew over the United States Capitol on April 6, 2017, commemorating the Centennial of the United States entry into World War I. This commemorative flag was then flown over the American World War I battlefield cemeteries of Europe and WWI Museum in Kansas City, to honor the 116,516 individuals who gave the last full measure of devotion.

The flag now returns home to its final destination in Washington, DC, where it will fly high above the National World War I Memorial. The trip this commemorative flag has made recalls the epic journey to Europe by the legendary Doughboys, honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the fields of battle, and again rejoices with their triumphant return home. A mission remembered, and again fulfilled.

Please join us as we honor their sacrifice and renew our pledge:
To protect our future…by remembering our past.

https://firstcolors.worldwar1centennial.org/ceremony/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

On April 16, 2021, the World War I Centennial Commission will celebrate the Inaugural Raising of the Flag of the United States of America over the newly constructed National World War I Memorial site in Washington, DC. This First Colors Ceremony is designed to “bring our history home.” It began ...

04/18/2021

Armed Forces Week
Military Appreciation Days
Thank you for your service!

Good morning from MISSION BBQ (Sterling, VA)!!Sign up for the Mother’s Day Great Backyard BBQ Giveaway!#BBQGiveAway
04/18/2021

Good morning from MISSION BBQ (Sterling, VA)!!

Sign up for the Mother’s Day Great Backyard BBQ Giveaway!

#BBQGiveAway

Flag Raised for First Time at National World War I Memorial
04/18/2021
Flag Raised for First Time at National World War I Memorial

Flag Raised for First Time at National World War I Memorial

The National World War I Memorial is a testament to the strength of the American people, and honors the bravery and sacrifice made by service members during the war, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Mark your calendars!  Join us on Saturday, May 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Col Johnson's 95th birthday. ...
04/13/2021

Mark your calendars! Join us on Saturday, May 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Col Johnson's 95th birthday. We will be hosting a birthday procession. See flyer for details. If you have any questions, please contact Eric and Herb.

Contact information:
Eric Holland
[email protected]
410-570-6001

Herbert Valle
[email protected]
703-955-6809

#ColJohnsonTuskegeeAirman95thBirthday
#LoudounCountyMilitaryVeteran

Mark your calendars! Join us on Saturday, May 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Col Johnson's 95th birthday. We will be hosting a birthday procession. See flyer for details. If you have any questions, please contact Eric and Herb.

Contact information:
Eric Holland
[email protected]
410-570-6001

Herbert Valle
[email protected]
703-955-6809

#ColJohnsonTuskegeeAirman95thBirthday
#LoudounCountyMilitaryVeteran

Today is Former POW Recognition Day, April 9Former POW Recognition Day is a day that, while not as well-known as Nationa...
04/09/2021

Today is Former POW Recognition Day, April 9

Former POW Recognition Day is a day that, while not as well-known as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, is just as important. The word “former” is the key to remembering the major difference between these two events honored every year on their respective days.

The late Senator John McCain is a former POW. His memory and the memories of many others who came home from POW camps are on the minds of those who observe both holidays. And there are troops still unaccounted for to this day who should be remembered in the same manner as those who came home.

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Excerpt of Presidential Proclamation on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2020

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, April 9, 2021.

“On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor the more than 500,000 American warriors captured while protecting our way of life. We pay tribute to these patriots for their unwavering and unrelenting spirit.

In every major conflict in our Nation’s history, American prisoners of war (POWs) have stared down our enemies, knowing at any moment their captors might torture them yet again or even kill them. These patriots, however, knew that they were fighting for something much larger than individual survival. They persevered for the sake of their fellow POWs, comrades in arms, families, and country.”
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Honor former POWs by helping to organize events. Ensure your organization flies the POW/MIA flag. Volunteer to help a veteran organization.

#FormerPOWRecognitionDay

Today is Former POW Recognition Day, April 9

Former POW Recognition Day is a day that, while not as well-known as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, is just as important. The word “former” is the key to remembering the major difference between these two events honored every year on their respective days.

The late Senator John McCain is a former POW. His memory and the memories of many others who came home from POW camps are on the minds of those who observe both holidays. And there are troops still unaccounted for to this day who should be remembered in the same manner as those who came home.

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Excerpt of Presidential Proclamation on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2020

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, April 9, 2021.

“On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor the more than 500,000 American warriors captured while protecting our way of life. We pay tribute to these patriots for their unwavering and unrelenting spirit.

In every major conflict in our Nation’s history, American prisoners of war (POWs) have stared down our enemies, knowing at any moment their captors might torture them yet again or even kill them. These patriots, however, knew that they were fighting for something much larger than individual survival. They persevered for the sake of their fellow POWs, comrades in arms, families, and country.”
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Honor former POWs by helping to organize events. Ensure your organization flies the POW/MIA flag. Volunteer to help a veteran organization.

#FormerPOWRecognitionDay

Attention U.S Military Veterans: Mission BBQ expresses its gratitude for the service and sacrifices of those men and wom...
04/06/2021

Attention U.S Military Veterans:

Mission BBQ expresses its gratitude for the service and sacrifices of those men and women who have put the uniform on to protect and defend the freedoms of Our Country.

Each year at MISSION BBQ, they make the third week of May very special. Each day of the week, they will be honoring a different branch of the military and serving all active duty service members and veterans a free sandwich.

Monday, 5/10 - Army
Tuesday, 5/11 - Marine Corps
Wednesday, 5/12 - Navy
Thursday, 5/13 - Air Force and Space Force
Friday, 5/14 - Coast Guard

On Saturday, May 15, they will be celebrating Armed Forces Day with "Lunch with the Heroes." From 11:00am-2:00pm, they will be offering all service members and veterans a free sandwich with their thanks. At noon, they will have a live version of the National Anthem, and they recognize all members of the Armed Forces in attendance.

Please feel free to share this information with a fellow service member

#MissionBBQ
#MilitaryVeterans
#ServiceAndSacrifice

Attention U.S Military Veterans:

Mission BBQ expresses its gratitude for the service and sacrifices of those men and women who have put the uniform on to protect and defend the freedoms of Our Country.

Each year at MISSION BBQ, they make the third week of May very special. Each day of the week, they will be honoring a different branch of the military and serving all active duty service members and veterans a free sandwich.

Monday, 5/10 - Army
Tuesday, 5/11 - Marine Corps
Wednesday, 5/12 - Navy
Thursday, 5/13 - Air Force and Space Force
Friday, 5/14 - Coast Guard

On Saturday, May 15, they will be celebrating Armed Forces Day with "Lunch with the Heroes." From 11:00am-2:00pm, they will be offering all service members and veterans a free sandwich with their thanks. At noon, they will have a live version of the National Anthem, and they recognize all members of the Armed Forces in attendance.

Please feel free to share this information with a fellow service member

#MissionBBQ
#MilitaryVeterans
#ServiceAndSacrifice

Newest U.S. quarter honors Tuskegee Airmen
04/04/2021
Newest U.S. quarter honors Tuskegee Airmen

Newest U.S. quarter honors Tuskegee Airmen

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (WIAT) — The newest state quarter recognizes everyone who were part of Alabama’s Tuskegee Airmen. Quarters honoring nearly 1,000 Black pilots and more than 15,000 support…

Good morning!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Irela...
03/17/2021

Good morning! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.

#StPatricksDay2021

Good morning! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.

#StPatricksDay2021

Today our chapter put together 25 care packages for the female residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington...
03/13/2021

Today our chapter put together 25 care packages for the female residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington DC. They included puzzle and coloring books, socks, lotions, mask, pens, colored pencils, stationery and stamps.

03/04/2021
USMC Major James E. Dinsmore, World War II Veteran turning 103USMC Major James E. Dinsmore, World War II Veteran will tu...
02/26/2021

USMC Major James E. Dinsmore, World War II Veteran turning 103

USMC Major James E. Dinsmore, World War II Veteran will turn 103 on Sunday, February 28th. Military organizations are sending cards from all over. If you would like to send him a Birthday Card here is his information:

Retired USMC James E Dinsmore
428 Clairmont Avenue
Placentia CA 92870

#SemperFidelis
#WWIIVeteran

USMC Major James E. Dinsmore, World War II Veteran turning 103

USMC Major James E. Dinsmore, World War II Veteran will turn 103 on Sunday, February 28th. Military organizations are sending cards from all over. If you would like to send him a Birthday Card here is his information:

Retired USMC James E Dinsmore
428 Clairmont Avenue
Placentia CA 92870

#SemperFidelis
#WWIIVeteran

On this day in 1942 the first Blue Star Mothers meeting was held in Flint, MI and “the rest is history”
02/01/2021

On this day in 1942 the first Blue Star Mothers meeting was held in Flint, MI and “the rest is history”

On this day in 1942 the first Blue Star Mothers meeting was held in Flint, MI and “the rest is history”

On behalf of our deployed troops, thank you Mary Jane for the generous donation of delicious Girl Scouts thin mints. We ...
01/30/2021

On behalf of our deployed troops, thank you Mary Jane for the generous donation of delicious Girl Scouts thin mints. We will be shipping them out this week.

On behalf of our deployed troops, thank you Mary Jane for the generous donation of delicious Girl Scouts thin mints. We will be shipping them out this week.

Good Morning!
01/29/2021

Good Morning!

As we begin a new year & head into the holiday weekend, remember to wear your RED to support the #brave men & women who are deployed.

#RedFriday #RememberEveryoneDeployed #MilitaryFamilies #SupportOurTroops #UntilTheyAllComeHome #NewYearsDay

We would like to thank Best Corporate Events and ID.me for their generous donation of 14 bikes.  These bikes will be dis...
01/26/2021

We would like to thank Best Corporate Events and ID.me for their generous donation of 14 bikes. These bikes will be distributed to local military families.

On this day in 1991...The Persian Gulf War, triggered by Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in August 1990, began on this day i...
01/16/2021

On this day in 1991...

The Persian Gulf War, triggered by Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in August 1990, began on this day in 1991 with a U.S.-led air offensive against Iraq that continued until a cease-fire was declared on February 28.

Persian Gulf War, also called Gulf War, (1990–91), international conflict that was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, ordered the invasion and occupation of Kuwait with the apparent aim of acquiring that nation’s large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed Kuwait, and expanding Iraqi power in the region.

On August 3 the United Nations Security Council called for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, and on August 6 the council imposed a worldwide ban on trade with Iraq. (The Iraqi government responded by formally annexing Kuwait on August 8.)

Iraq’s invasion and the potential threat it then posed to Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer and exporter, prompted the United States and its western European NATO allies to rush troops to Saudi Arabia to deter a possible attack. Egypt and several other Arab nations joined the anti-Iraq coalition and contributed forces to the military buildup, known as Operation Desert Shield. Iraq meanwhile built up its occupying army in Kuwait to about 300,000 troops.

On this day in 1991...

The Persian Gulf War, triggered by Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in August 1990, began on this day in 1991 with a U.S.-led air offensive against Iraq that continued until a cease-fire was declared on February 28.

Persian Gulf War, also called Gulf War, (1990–91), international conflict that was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, ordered the invasion and occupation of Kuwait with the apparent aim of acquiring that nation’s large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed Kuwait, and expanding Iraqi power in the region.

On August 3 the United Nations Security Council called for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, and on August 6 the council imposed a worldwide ban on trade with Iraq. (The Iraqi government responded by formally annexing Kuwait on August 8.)

Iraq’s invasion and the potential threat it then posed to Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer and exporter, prompted the United States and its western European NATO allies to rush troops to Saudi Arabia to deter a possible attack. Egypt and several other Arab nations joined the anti-Iraq coalition and contributed forces to the military buildup, known as Operation Desert Shield. Iraq meanwhile built up its occupying army in Kuwait to about 300,000 troops.

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Members of Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia volunteered today to lay wreaths in part of the National Wreaths Acros...
12/19/2020

Members of Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia volunteered today to lay wreaths in part of the National Wreaths Across America Day.

Each December, our mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach is carried out by laying wreaths.
#WreathsAcrossAmerica
#Remember
#Honor
#Teach

12/05/2020
U.S. Pacific Fleet

Ahead of the 79th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration at Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Dec. 7, we're flashing back four years to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) rendering honors passing the USS Arizona Memorial as the carrier arrived for 75th anniversary ceremonies. #PearlHarbor79 #FBF

Ahead of the 79th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration at Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Dec. 7, we're flashing back four years to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) rendering honors passing the USS Arizona Memorial as the carrier arrived for 75th anniversary ceremonies. #PearlHarbor79 #FBF

The mobil Wreaths Across America - Official Page exhibit is visiting MISSION BBQ (Sterling, VA), Sterling, Virginia.  Re...
11/21/2020

The mobil Wreaths Across America - Official Page exhibit is visiting MISSION BBQ (Sterling, VA), Sterling, Virginia. Remember our fallen U.S. veterans; Honor those who serve; and Teach your children the value of freedom.
#Remember
#Honor
#Teach

The mobil Wreaths Across America - Official Page exhibit is visiting MISSION BBQ, Sterling, Virginia. Remember our fallen U.S. veterans; Honor those who serve; and Teach your children the value of freedom.
#Remember
#Honor
#Teach

11/10/2020
Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia's cover photo
11/07/2020

Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia's cover photo

Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia's cover photo
11/07/2020

Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia's cover photo

Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia's cover photo
11/07/2020

Blue Star Mothers of Northern Virginia's cover photo

Please join USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II with creator Jeb Stuart, and actor Bradley James, for a Q&A session on ...
10/29/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Behind the Scenes: Netflix's New Series "The Liberator". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Please join USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II with creator Jeb Stuart, and actor Bradley James, for a Q&A session on Netflix's new series "The Liberator" on Oct. 30, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM EST.

"The Liberator" follows the dramatic true story and heroism of WWII US army officer, Felix Sparks and his infantry regiment, the Thunderbirds. The four-part limited series re-imagines one of the harshest military campaigns during World War II and recounts the immeasurable solidarity and sacrifice from the American soldiers in the face of one of the most traumatic moments in our history. You won't want to miss this event! Register here: https://bit.ly/2HyXLmM.

#TheLiberator

Exclusive USO Team Event: Q&A with Jeb Stuart, creator, and Bradley James, actor, from Netflix's new series "The Liberator." "The Liberator" follows the dramatic true story and heroism of WWII US army officer, Felix Sparks, and his infantry regiment, the Thunderbirds. The four-part limited series re...

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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