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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. We are a 501(c)3 Organization.

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.

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.

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Happy birthday to the Air Force! Here's to many more years where you Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win! Even though the U.S. milit...
09/18/2022

Happy birthday to the Air Force! Here's to many more years where you Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win! Even though the U.S. military purchased its first aircraft in 1909, the U.S. Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent branch until September 18, 1947.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was established Aug. 10th, 1949. Although, the federal government has overseen the ...
08/10/2022
DoD Birthday

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was established Aug. 10th, 1949. Although, the federal government has overseen the U.S. Armed forces since our nation’s inception, the Department of Defense name and centralized defense department was not established until the late 1940s. The “official” anniversary of the creation of the Department of Defense as we know it in modern times is Aug. 10. Established in 1949 thanks to an amended National Security Act (more on that below) the agency is run by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) with the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the various military services operating subordinately to the SECDEF.

The DoD Birthday will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is a federal agency described as an Executive Branch department. The DoD is described as being among the largest employers in the world; there are more than one million active duty service members, more than 800 thousand members of the Guard and Reserve, and more than 700 thousand civilian employees.

The Department of Defense headquarters is located inside the Pentagon operating with the mission statement to provide the nation with military forces to act as a deterrent and provide national security.

https://veteran.com/dod-birthday/

The United States Department of Defense is a federal agency described as an Executive Branch department officially established on Aug. 10, 1949.

National Purple Heart Day 2022Purple Heart Day is observed on Aug. 7 each year and is a time for Americans to remember a...
08/07/2022
Purple Heart Day 2021

National Purple Heart Day 2022
Purple Heart Day is observed on Aug. 7 each year and is a time for Americans to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield, or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Purple Heart Day is also known as National Purple Heart Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Purple Heart Appreciation Day.

https://veteran.com/purple-heart-day/

Purple Heart Day is observed on Aug. 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor those wounded on or paid the ultimate sacrifice.

07/27/2022

Hi all, let’s all help Mason raise funds to support his Eagle Scout Project. This worthwhile project is to make informat...
07/21/2022
Americans in Wartime Experience

Hi all, let’s all help Mason raise funds to support his Eagle Scout Project. This worthwhile project is to make informational signs for the vehicles in the collection of the Americans in Wartime Experience, which has the largest privately owned collection of fully operable tanks in the world. Watch Mason’s video below to learn more and please donate!

[https://youtu.be/LXcttcodOsI](https://youtu.be/LXcttcodOsI)




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Hello, this is Mason. I'm using my mom's Facebook account to help promote the fundraising effort for my Eagle Project. The project is to make informational signs for the vehicles in the collection of the Americans in Wartime Experience. They have the largest privately owned collection of fully operable tanks in the world. Watch my video below to learn more.
[https://youtu.be/LXcttcodOsI](https://youtu.be/LXcttcodOsI)

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit [https://www.americansinwartime.org](https://www.americansinwartime.org/) , click "Donate" in the top right, and specify "Eagle Project" in the special instructions. You can also mail us a check, made payable to "The Americans in Wartime Experience". I'd be very grateful if you would also share my project with people you know who might like to support as well.

You can see the signs - and some really cool tanks - on September 24 & 25 at the museum in Nokesville, Virginia.

The Americans in Wartime Experience is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization with federal donation ID number: #20-0008915.

On July 5, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. awarded the Medal of Honor to four U.S. Army Soldiers who fought in the ...
07/05/2022
President Biden to Award Medal of Honor | The White House

On July 5, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. awarded the Medal of Honor to four U.S. Army Soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War: Staff Sergeant Edward N. Kaneshiro (posthumous), Specialist Five Dwight W. Birdwell, Specialist Five Dennis M. Fujii, and retired Major John J. Duffy.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/06/27/president-biden-to-award-medal-of-honor/

On July 5, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will award the Medal of Honor to four U.S. Army Soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War: Staff

Thank you for your service.  May peace be with you.
06/30/2022

Thank you for your service. May peace be with you.

06/14/2022

Happy 247th birthday US Army and 245th Flag Day 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Chariots of Honors commemorates Flag Day and wishes a Happy 247th Birthday U.S. Army!
06/14/2022

Chariots of Honors commemorates Flag Day and wishes a Happy 247th Birthday U.S. Army!


05/31/2022

ATTENTION!!!! To all those in the NOVA area. Old Brogue is located in Great Falls, VA.

June 6th
Military Appreciation Monday dinner in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation. GSF was one of the first organizations to help modify and build homes for veterans with severe injuries. In addition, the foundation runs a number of other events supporting both veterans and active duty service members. Old Brogue at (703) 759-3309 and make a reservation for either the 5:30 or 7:30 seating.

Two of our members participated in Ride to Remember (formerly Rolling Thunder) and had the honor of being part of the Go...
05/29/2022

Two of our members participated in Ride to Remember (formerly Rolling Thunder) and had the honor of being part of the Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives es**rt. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Our President was able to attend Our Community Salutes (OSC) event n Fairfax, VA. OCS honors and celebrates high school ...
05/21/2022

Our President was able to attend Our Community Salutes (OSC) event n Fairfax, VA. OCS honors and celebrates high school seniors who have enlisted in the military. Fair winds and following seas to them all. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

05/09/2022

Blue Star Mothers is now part of Combined Federal Campaign!!!!

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns. Blue Star Mothers of America (BSMA) has successfully facilitated fundraising campaigns through the CFC and we are currently active in the 2021-2022 campaign to raise funds for our organization.

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors via our CFC/OPM #34583 identification will help BSMA raise funds for our missions.

Also, please share this important information with your friends and family members who are employed by the federal government. Blue Star Mothers now part of the CFC! If you are a federal employee, postal worker or member of the U.S. military, please consider donating to us through your Combined Federal Campaign

Today we remember the surviving military spouses and honor the legacy of the service members who gave their lives for ou...
04/05/2022

Today we remember the surviving military spouses and honor the legacy of the service members who gave their lives for our nation.

Congratulations!
01/17/2022

Congratulations!

12/07/2021

Today we remember the heroes lost 80 years ago. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 Chariots of Honor honored Senior Chief Petty Officer Remigio (Ray) Cabacar, USN (Ret) with...
10/24/2021
Birthday Honor Procession for SCPO, US Navy (Ret) Remigio “Ray” Cabacar

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 Chariots of Honor honored Senior Chief Petty Officer Remigio (Ray) Cabacar, USN (Ret) with a celebratory vehicle procession to celebrate the 94th birthday and honor his military service.
He is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and a recipient of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. A past commander of VFW Post 5471, District 1, Department of Maryland, comrade Ray continues to be a pillar of his community through his numerous volunteer work in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. His kind heart has touched and impacted so many in the area. Happy birthday SCPO Cabacar! We salute you! And may God bless you always.
Here is the link to the event video. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t1YlbbSjwE





10/18/2021

A grateful nation mourns the passing of an American Hero. May you rest in eternal peace Gen. Powell. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

If anyone would like to sponsor a wreath, please follow the link below.  The chapter receives $5 for every wreath sold t...
10/10/2021
Check-out the Wreaths Across America Page that I Support!

If anyone would like to sponsor a wreath, please follow the link below. The chapter receives $5 for every wreath sold through this link. Funds are used to send care packages to deployed service members and residents of Armed Services Retirement Homes. We also support many veteran organizations.

Wreaths Across America ("WAA") coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies every December to "Remember, Honor, and Teach" about the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. Please check out this page to learn how you can help by sponsoring Veterans Remembrance Wreaths or by joining us on Decembe...

We captured the event on video! We hope you enjoy the story!Chariots of Honor would like to thank all who participated a...
10/04/2021
Chariots of Honor, Roy Jackson

We captured the event on video! We hope you enjoy the story!
Chariots of Honor would like to thank all who participated and attended yesterday’s (Saturday, October 2, 2021) honorary birthday procession for military veteran and Leesburg, VA resident Roy L. Jackson, which we celebrated of his 85th birthday and his military service.

Special thanks to the following organizations:
Fisher House Foundation
The Salvation Army USA
Leesburg Police Department - Master Police Officer Maupin
VFW Post 1177
VFW Auxiliary Post 1177
Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001
Rally4Vets
Reserve Organization of America

And individuals:
Susan Everhart
Robert Warren Hess
Joreida Torres
Jeff Jarkowski
Karen Kirkpatrick - Attorney and Counselor at Law

And most importantly all of Roy Jackson's family, relatives and friends, and Chariots of Honor supporters.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSuZWtfjvS8

We hopeHi everyone!  to see you this Saturday to celebrate the birthday of military veteran Roy Jackson!! On Saturday, O...
10/01/2021

We hopeHi everyone! to see you this Saturday to celebrate the birthday of military veteran Roy Jackson!!

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Chariots of Honor is hosting an honorary birthday procession for military veteran Roy L. Jackson, in celebration of his 85th birthday.

We invite everyone to participate in the veteran birthday honor procession.

Mr. Jackson honorably served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. During his time in the U.S. Army, he served in the 2nd Armored Division post-Korean War.

As an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, he served in various commands throughout the world supporting command, control, and global warning systems.

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

Meeting Location: Old Waterford Road in front of Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, Virginia

Meetup Time: 1:00 pm
Start Parade Time: 2:00 pm
End Parade Time: 4:00 pm

After the procession, all are welcome to wish Mr. Jackson a Happy Birthday at 204 Ayr Street, N.W., Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Note: COVID-19 social distance will be in effect accordingly.


On Saturday, October 2, 2021, Chariots of Honor is hosting an honorary birthday procession for military veteran Roy L. Jackson, in celebration of his 85th birthday.

We invite everyone to participate in the veteran birthday honor procession.

Mr. Jackson honorably served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. During his time in the U.S. Army, he served in the 2nd Armored Division post-Korean War.

As an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, he served in various commands throughout the world supporting command, control, and global warning systems.

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

Meeting Location: Old Waterford Road in front of Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, Virginia

Meetup Time: 1:00 pm
Start Parade Time: 2:00 pm
End Parade Time: 4:00 pm

After the procession, all are welcome to wish
Mr. Jackson a Happy Birthday at 204 Ayr Street, N.W., Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Note: COVID-19 social distance will be in effect accordingly.

Good morning BSM, I invite you to Fire-N-Dice Casino Night!Fire-N-Dice Casino Night is back!Saturday September 25, 2021 ...
09/16/2021

Good morning BSM, I invite you to Fire-N-Dice Casino Night!

Fire-N-Dice Casino Night is back!
Saturday September 25, 2021 from 7pm to 10pm
**UPDATE** In accordance with CDC guidance and in order to ensure the safest environment possible, this will be a mandatory mask event. All staff and guests will be asked to wear masks unless actively eating/drinking.
Tickets available at http://sterlingfire.org/casino
Sponsorships are available, email [email protected] for more information.

Fire-N-Dice Casino Night is back!
Saturday September 25, 2021 from 7pm to 10pm

**UPDATE** In accordance with CDC guidance and in order to ensure the safest environment possible, this will be a mandatory mask event. All staff and guests will be asked to wear masks unless actively eating/drinking.

Tickets available at http://sterlingfire.org/casino

Sponsorships are available, email [email protected] for more information.

09/11/2021

Photos from Flight 93 National Memorial's post
09/09/2021

Photos from Flight 93 National Memorial's post

Military Appreciation Monday tomorrow, Old Brogue, Great Fall, VA. Please see the below message. ***A Special Note From ...
08/30/2021
Home | Semper Fi & America's Fund

Military Appreciation Monday tomorrow, Old Brogue, Great Fall, VA. Please see the below message.

***A Special Note From Bob Nelson***
Hi all,
With all the news coming out of Afghanistan, I have decided to do a special MAM dinner this coming Monday August 30th. The dinner will be raising funds for the Semper Fi and America's Fund. My purpose for choosing this organization is in recognition of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one seaman who lost their lives on Thursday. As in the past, we will be doing the dinner at the Old Brogue in Great Falls, Va. with two seatings, one at 5:00 and one at 6:30. I know it's really short notice, but I do hope you will be able to attend to honor these 13 and all the others who have lost their lives or been injured in what was America's longest war. Be sure to call the Old Brogue at (703) 759-3309 to make a reservation. Please share this however you see fit.

For those of you who can't attend but would like to send donations, you can do so by sending a check to:
Semper Fi & America's Fund
825 College Blvd, Suite 102 • PMB 609
Oceanside, CA 92057.
Please be sure to add: "Military Appreciation Monday 2021" at the bottom left of your check
or make an online donation by going to www.TheFund.org. They have asked that you include "Military Appreciation Monday 2021" with the online donation as well.

This show of support is precisely what our veterans and service members need right now. Madeline with the fund sent me a message saying she is grateful for this support since they know there will be many brave service members who will face a long recovery for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. The fund is also worried about the thousands of veterans who are experiencing difficulties and mental setbacks with the recent news.

The organization has also put together a new Welcome Home Fund for Afghan interpreters after many of our veterans reached out asking that we help the interpreters who have been by their sides for almost 20 years.

I wish to thank all of you who have made yourselves part of the MAM community for all these years. While the wars are over, those who served will need our help for many years to come.

The Semper Fi & America's Fund is dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We deliver the resources they need during recovery and tran...

Our heart, thoughts and prayers to all involved.       🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
08/26/2021

Our heart, thoughts and prayers to all involved. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

As American Gold Star Mothers, our hearts are breaking as
we watch events unfold in Afghanistan.
We are offering prayers and support for the families and loved ones of Their Fallen Heroes. And we continue to pray for the safety of all the Service Members in harm's way.
We realize that there are no words that can adequately convey the sorrow that we and all that stand for liberty and justice are feeling at this time.

Empty chairs / ode to the missing of 9/11
08/22/2021
Empty chairs / ode to the missing of 9/11

Empty chairs / ode to the missing of 9/11

Empty chairs was a song written in 2020 in the aftermath of the events of the September the eleventh attack on the world trade center , with the survivors of...

Hello everyone! I have teamed up with a few friends and Afghans of DC. We have started a GoFundMe page for Afghan refuge...
08/22/2021
DMV Support for Afghan Refugees, organized by Tori Truesdale

Hello everyone!

I have teamed up with a few friends and Afghans of DC. We have started a GoFundMe page for Afghan refugees settling in Northern Virginia. Currently, there are 1000 refugees staying in 3 hotels in Sterling. These funds will be to helping them with food, shelter and whatever else that is needed. We are at almost $2500. Please donate what you can. Even a dollar makes a difference! Please share with your friends. Let’s come together as a community and do our part. May God bless you! Thank you for your time.

We’re partnering with Afghans of DMV to help fund the basic needs of Afghan refugees… Tori Truesdale needs your support for DMV Support for Afghan Refugees

Join AGSM National on Saturday 25 September 2021 for their annual 2.2-Mile Military Su***de Awareness Walk in Washington...
08/05/2021

Join AGSM National on Saturday 25 September 2021 for their annual 2.2-Mile Military Su***de Awareness Walk in Washington DC. Can't Make it to DC?? Join them Virtually on Facebook LIVE. Get your 2021 AGSM Military Su***de Awareness T-Shirt TODAY! https://www.customink.com/fundraising/agsm-military-suicide-awareness

Join AGSM National on Saturday 25 September 2021 for our annual 2.2-Mile Military Su***de Awareness Walk in Washington DC. Can't Make it to DC?? Join us Virtually on Facebook LIVE. Get your 2021 AGSM Military Su***de Awareness T-Shirt TODAY! https://www.customink.com/fundraising/agsm-military-suicide-awareness

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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."
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