Blue Star Mothers honored for
supporting troops and their families
Delaware County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., a U.S. Air Force veteran, presents a resolution to Marian Moran of Middletown, left, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, along with a mother, right, who cannot be identified because of the classified nature of her son’s deployment. May is Blue Star Mothers Month in recognition of these women who foster patriotism and support members of the military and their families at home. Back row are, from left, Council members Mike Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, John McBlain and Dave White.
Soldiers and families get support from Blue Star Mothers
Some of the Blue Star Mothers can no longer provide their full names to the cause, because their sons and daughters are serving in highly classified Special Forces overseas. But the Blue Star Mothers organization continues to support all families who have sons and daughters serving in the United States Armed Services, whether stateside or overseas.
“We are all well aware that the nature of war and conflict has changed dramatically since September 11, 2001. Every day we hear and read about terrorists threatening people’s lives,” said County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. at the May 11 Council meeting.
“It’s important that we continue to remember these brave men and women in the military, and that we continue to support them and their families. One group that has been on the front lines of supporting families since 1942 is the Blue Star Mothers,” said Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr.
“The members of our Armed Services now fight battles in ways we could never have imagined. Some of them are in highly classified Special Forces who face danger every day. Just last week, a Navy SEAL from Arizona, was killed in combat with ISIS militants in north Iraq,” he said.
Civera presented a resolution to Marian Moran of Middletown Township who serves as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Blue Star Mothers. Her son, Kevin, is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.
Moran was joined by another Blue Star Mother who cannot be identified because her son’s service in the U.S. Army is highly classified.
The roots of the Blue Star Mothers can be traced back to World War I, when families, businesses and schools displayed flags featuring a Blue Star for every child, employee or student serving in the military. The Gold Star signifies that the service member was killed or died in service to the nation.
“May is Blue Star Mothers Month and in recognition we fly the Blue Star Flag here at the Courthouse and Government Center,” Civera said.
Two weeks ago, the TV show “60 Minutes” did a story on Gold Star families and there was segment on Blue Star Mothers and how they attend the funerals of service members killed in action to comfort and support those families The Blue Star Mothers also send care packages to troop members, and they often volunteer at veterans’ hospitals.
For information about the organization visit www.bluestarmothers.org.