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Past Events 2012

Ruck March at MaGuire Air Force Base, Oct 20, 2012

A beautiful Day and everyone had a wonderful time. This year Cindy's team came in 1st for the "Heavy" Class Group and Judi's team came in 2nd for the "Heavy" Class. Jackie Dixon's 13 year olds, without Ruck, came in 1st in their group. We love this annual event and thank those soldiers who take the time to honor our fallen loved ones. The USO has been there every year for the past 6 years to serve us a wonderful breakfast before the ceremony and always a very nice gift. Thank you to all. Judi

Honor and Remember Flag adopted by New Jersey Oct 4, 2012

Today the Honor and Remember Flag - Bill A-2029 - was unanimously passed on the Senate Floor. It was exciting to see all green lights on the voting board.

It is now official. The Bill will be signed by Governor Christie shortly. New Jersey has now joined 14 other states in support of their Gold Star Mothers and Families.

Thanks to all those who supported us from the time it was introduced Jan. 10, 2012 in Assembly, then referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs, May 24th Passed by the Assembly, 75-0. May 31, 2012 Received by the Senate, July 26th, 2012 to Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Aug. 20th, 2012, 2nd Reading in Senate and finally Oct. 4, 2012, Posted: Senate and Passed!

All lights green for yes on adopting the Honor and Remember flag in NJ.

Senator Sweeny and group look upon the results - Mission accomplished!!!

Laura, Judi, Margie (Blue Star Mother) Jen (Blue Star Mother) and Amy.

 Laura, Senator Beach, Judi and Amy.

Laura, Judi, Terry Fearon (Assistant), and Amy.

Richard DeRose - IGA Liaison, Office of the Governor - Laura, Judi and Amy.

GSM Eileen Daly meets Gov Christie at Sea Girt Military Review, Sept 30, 2012

GSMom Eileen Daly with GSMobile at Sea Girt National Guard Facility 9/30/12.

17th Annual Ride for Freedom with Rolling Thunder, Sept 16, 2012

Judi, Tina, Laura and Cindy - beautiful day and everyone enjoyed the ride thanks
to Rolling Thunder Chapter 2, NJ.

 Amy and Judi about to take the Ride for Freedom, Rolling Thunder
Chapter 2, NJ. Harold Einhorn is the escort.

Passaic County Military Appreciation Day, May 4, 2012

From the Chamber of Donald J. Volkert, Jr., Assignment Judge: On behalf of all of the judges and staff in the Passaic County Superior Court they thanked all the Gold Star Moms and Dad who particiapted in our Military Appreciation Luncheon.

County Honors Gold Star Mothers, Nov 11, 2011

BRICK TOWNSHIP - Gold Star Mothers from throughout the State were recently recognized by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their ongoing work to help and support veterans and their families.

"As some of you may know Ocean County is home to the largest veteran population in the state of New Jersey and my colleagues and I on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders could not be more proud of the actions of our veterans who heroically defend our freedoms," said Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, during a luncheon honoring the mothers at the Brick VFW 8867 on Adamston Road, here. "As the Gold Star Mothers of New Jersey, I know each of you is the proud mother of a veteran - a veteran that has made the ultimate sacrifice and with all my heart to you I say Thank you.”

Little noted, the work of the Gold Star Mothers has resulted in raising awareness of the work of military personnel and the sacrifices made by military families.

"I want to recognize the ongoing efforts of all the Gold Star Mothers who work tirelessly in improving the quality of life for our veterans here and across the country," Little said. "I commend your President, Judith Tapper for all of her work with the Gold Star Mothers and especially the six years of effort that has resulted in a New Jersey license plate designed for Gold Star Mother Families. That effort came to fruition just this past August as Gov. Christie unveiled the new plate."

Little also commended Terry Fearon, Brick VFW quartermaster for his help in accomplishing the creation of the Gold Star Mother license plate. And, gave his thanks to Post Commander Jim Pier for sponsoring the Gold Star Mother gathering.

In an effort to help the Gold Star Mothers and other veteran organizations to have the state of New Jersey adopt the Honor and Remember Flag as a visual reminder of the sacrifices veterans have made for the country, Little said he and Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari sent a letter to Gov. Christie and to the state Department of Veterans and Military Affairs in support of the flag.

"We have requested the state of New Jersey adopt the Honor and Remember Flag as an official flag to recognize and honor fallen members of the armed forces," said Little. "The flag will serve as a symbol of our continuing pride in the men and women that serve in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Reserves. It will remind us of their dedication and their sacrifices to bring peace to all lands."

The flag has already been adopted by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland amongst other states.

Little noted that Ocean County has now lost 12 soldiers in the ongoing War on Terror. Most recently Sgt. John Lyons of Seaside Park was killed Oct. 26 while serving in Afghanistan.

"At the Ocean County Government Complex in downtown Toms River a black granite monument holds each of the names of the soldiers we have lost in the ongoing War on Terror," Little said. "We hope this simple marker will help assure they will forever be remembered."

HONORING GOLD STAR MOTHERS - Ocean County Freeholder Deputy
Director Gerry P. Little (second from left) joined with (from left to right)
Brick VFW 8867 Commander Jim Pier, American Gold Star Mothers
of New Jersey President Judith Tapper and VFW 8867 Quartermaster Terry Fearon at the recent gathering of Gold Star Mothers at the VFW Post on Adamston Road, Brick Township. In the photo is an enlarged version of the new state license plate honoring Gold Star Families and in the background the Honor and Remember Flag veterans groups are encouraging the state of adopt.

Annual Holiday Luncheon

NJ Moms at our Annual Holiday Luncheon, hosted by the Brick, NJ VFW. We all had a very nice time and our Speaker Brig. General James Grant delivered a beautiful message to all of us.

Gold Star Mobile at the NYC Veterans Day Parade, Nov 11, 2011

The Gold Star Mobile participated in the Veterans Day Parade in
New York City with Terry Fearon at the wheel.

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