Blue Star Mother recognized at Bayou Classic
By SSgt. Demetrio J. Espinosa
| Marine Corps Recruiting Command | November 29, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, LA --
When one thinks about the sacrifices that Americans make when they enlist in the military, we think of those young men and women who answer the call to serve. Who we often times overlook is someone who sacrifices their very being for the good of the country...our mothers.
At the Bayou Classic in New Orleans, Saturday November 30, 2002, the Marine Corps honored Dianne Ross, mother of LCpl. Isaiah Ross, who attended Grambling University and is currently stationed at Pensacola, Fla., while attending his military occupational school. Ross was presented a Blue Star Mother flag by BGen. Ronald S. Coleman, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Facilities).
"It is a great honor for me to have my son be a part of the Marine Corps. I have now accepted the Marines as a part of my family," said Ross.
"The mothers of the United States give us only the very best. Our commitment to the mothers is that we will protect their children and give them the best training we can possibly give them," said Coleman.
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. was formed to bring the country together following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
According to the organization's website, "the Flint (Michigan) News Advertiser printed a coupon in their newspaper asking the mothers of servicemen to fill it out and return. On February 1, 1943, over 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel, Flint, Michigan - strangers drawn together by this act of war against the United States. Mothers fearful and brave. Captain George H. Maines, who conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair. Reporting that over 1,000 applications had been received by the News Advertiser, it was decided to form a permanent organization-the Blue Star Mothers."
Each mother is given a blue star flag to be displayed in their window at home to signify they had a son or daughter serving in the armed forces. Many of the Blue Star Mothers volunteered to help the war effort, many sent care packages to service members overseas or ran hospitality booths in airports, bus stations and train stations for service members.
This season at every NASCAR race, the 6th Marine Corps District honored a deployed Marine by placing his name, high school and unit on the racecar. The honored Marine's mother was also presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a Blue Star decal.
While the organization continues today, Col. Thomas E. Gregory, commanding officer, 6th Marine Corps District, intends to give this program new life.
"There didn't seem to be any recognition for mothers whose sons and daughters were fighting in the war on terrorism. There was recognition for the Marines, but not for the mothers," he said. "It's my goal to see a blue star in every car and every window across America."