This past weekend was out of this world. Boating, Bike Riding, Ga-Ga Ball, Campfire & S’mores, and much more, all wrapped in time spent as a family. A huge thank you to Ohio’s Operation Military Kids and the USO for supporting programs like Military Family Camp. This was top-notch support! I desperately want to share more about the weekend but need to take the time to share this solemn moment and give it its due “time in the spotlight”.
In our group of about 50 there were three Gold-star families, enjoying the weekend just like the rest of us. On Sunday morning a Gold-Star Dad and his three grandsons, one being a Gold-Star Son, raised the flag. It was a very touching moment as the deep representation of that flag sunk in for all of us standing at attention.
This Thursday there will be a Bloggers’ Roundtable with the Department of Defense and Gold-Star Mom, Vanessa Adelson.
A quick excerpt about the upcoming Roundtable:
On Aug. 26, Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter (http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/carter/) will become the fifth living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War for his actions at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. Vanessa Adelson, mother of Pfc. Stephan Mace, the Soldier Carter is credited with carrying to safety after Mace was critically wounded, wants to share with the world how Carter’s actions affected her family.
Carter braved a gauntlet of rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire to move to the location where Adelson’s son lay injured and exposed to enemy fire, in order to render first aid and move him to relative safety. Mace later died of his injuries, but his mother credits Carter with giving her son a sense of peace before his passing.
Adelson said, Carter allowed Stephan an opportunity to pass, surrounded by battle buddies and brothers – laughing and making jokes – knowing that everything was going to be okay because he was going home.
Colonel Kissinger, USAF Ret, will be attending the Roundtable and of course sharing Mrs. Adelson’s story with us when he is done. If you don’t receive our posts via email now is a great time to signup: Subscribe. You won’t want to miss this post coming up.
To all of our Gold-Star families I take this moment to say ‘Thank You’. You represent the ultimate sacrifice. We salute you.
– Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com