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.


 
 

 
Blowing_cake_candles

Army JAG Corps celebrates 239th birthday

Robert Hickson, Spc. Jodie Wagner and Lt. Gen. (R) Scott Black blow out the candles on a cake during a celebration of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps 239th birthday here, July 29, 2014. Hickson is a claims adjudicator...
 
 

Public notice: Army begins third five-year review

The United States Army has begun the third five-year review (FYR) of environmental remedies undertaken at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. The focus of the five-year review will be on abandoned sanitary landfill 2 (FTIR-02), abandoned sanitary landfill 4 (FTIR-04), and the troop landfill disposal site (FTIR-06). The sites are located within a...
 
 
Padres_COLBraga_AlanWright

Fort Irwin at America’s pastime

The San Diego Padres honored Soldiers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin during a game, Aug. 3. United States Army Garrison Commander Col. Jon Braga met Alan “Tiny” Wright, a Veteran of the of the liberation of ...
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Aviation unit receives new commander

Gustavo Bahena Lieutenant Col. William Garber III (left) receives the 2916th Aviation Battalion colors from Col. Matthew Ruedi during a change of command ceremony here, July 24. Garber took command of the 2916th, which is a bat...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

Education fair brings colleges to you

Gustavo Bahena Chief Warrant Officer 2 Larry Cunningham, armament technician with 699th Maintenance Company here, speaks with Winston Earle, Academy of Arts University representative, at an education fair here, July 24. Cunning...
 
 
JAG-Corps

Special Victim Counsel Program update

As you may be aware, the Army launched the Special Victim Counsel Program on Nov. 1, 2013 as part of the Army’s efforts to combat sexual assault within our ranks. The SVCP is designed to strengthen our support of victims of s...
 




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