Army

August 16, 2012

Gold Star Dads connect with Fort Irwin Soldiers

Tags:
Story by Sgt. Anthony J. Lecours
11th ACR PAO

Gold Star Dads and Blue Star Mothers, originations dedicated to helping those who lost a family member or have family members currently serving, held an event Aug. 11 in Riverside, Calif., in remembrance to those who have fallen or are currently serving. They were joined by Col. Kurt Pinkerton, Fort Irwin Garrison commander, and troopers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Survivor Outreach Services were on hand to answer any questions people might have.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said 1st Lt. Anthony Bradley, a trooper from 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. “The amount of courage displayed and the way they support each other and us being in the active duty… I find myself looking on them as family, my own moms and dads.”

The gold and blue stars in the names the Gold Star Dads and Blue Star Mothers organizations refer to the practice of hanging colored stars in the windows of service members’ homes, which was common during World War II. A blue star denoted the home of deployed service member, and a gold star denoted a family who had lost their service member.

The Riverside event featured a barbecue, rock-paper-scissors tournament and a raffle as a way to raise funds and have fun. The raffle was a 50-50 split with half of the proceeds going to Gold Star Dads to cover the costs of the event and fund future events, and the other half going to the winner.

“I was awed by the amount of support and patriotism displayed after all the sacrifice these families had already suffered,” said Cpl. Ethan Holmes, a trooper with 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The event was a great time for fellowship and connecting families who have lost a service member not only to each other, but also to reconnect with soldiers and their families who are currently serving.

At the end of the event Gold Star Dads and Blue Star Moms were both given a plaque bearing the Blackhorse Crest in recognition for their continued patriotism and support for the Armed Forces.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Frontpage

Fort Irwin’s booming celebration

Fort Irwin celebrated our nation’s birthday with a mud run and a festival that included a concert and fireworks here, July 2. The fun began with the “Mud and Guts Run” that Wednesday morning, a couple of days before Indep...
 
 

Back to school a special time for families

Back to school is Aug. 7 and for the children and parents of this post, it will be a time to enjoy one of life’s special moments. Our children will not be in kindergarten or second grade again. It will happen only once. That is one of the reasons leadership of the National Training Center...
 
 
G.A. Volb

MP professional development provides for safer installation

G.A. Volb Fort Irwin military police perform training on managing a combative suspect. Fort Irwin’s military police recently concluded professional development, holding several weeks of both classroom and hands-on instruction...
 

 
Kyle-Coyote-Splash-Park

What have we done for you lately?

Day in and day out, our Soldiers and Families go through the daily struggles of living on an isolated installation, such as Fort Irwin. Family and MWR is committed to providing exceptional quality life experiences to ensure the...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

NCOs graduate Battle Staff course

Gustavo Bahena (Bottom row) Sergeant 1st Class Dawn Garcia, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Garcia-Martell, Staff Sgt. Gilbert Morales, Sgt. 1st Class Landis Titman, Sgt. 1st Class David Shreve and Staff Sgt. Jontrel Evans-Brown. (Top row)...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Cheetahs dash to track and field competition

Courtesy Photo The Cheetahs track team, coaches and parents gather for a group photo. Known as the “Cheetahs!,” the Fort Irwin CYS Sports Track and Field Team made up of 25 children (ages 7-14) ventured as far as their litt...
 




One Comment


  1. [...] High Desert Warrior » Army 1 min ago by in Fort Irwin. You can follow any responses to this entry through the | RSS feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. [...]



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin