American Gold Star Mothers lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns, Gold Star Mothers Sunday, 09/26/05 Soldiers looking at Vietnam Wall Memorial Francis Turley at a funeral for a forgotten veteran. One of the many markers at Arlington Cemetery remembered by a mother Perpetuating the noble principles for which they fought and died.

Officers

Pres: Monica McNeal

Vice Pres:
Secretary: Valerie Marks
Treasurer: Andi Bailey
Historian: Dedi Noble
Wreaths Across America Chair: Mary Bradshaw


Washington Chapter Home Page

WA State Chapter Hero Tree 2014

WA State Fallen at Arlington Cemetery

Washington State Fallen Heroes Banners

Donations

Resourses for GSMs

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Fallen Heroes Project by Artist Michael Reagan

Merchandise that Honors our Heroes

Gold Star Family License Plate

Links


Sibling Chat

Interested in connecting with others who have lost a sibling while serving in the military? Contact Tiarrah.  She has a brother who is part of our fallen hero warriors.  Please email us pictures of you with your sibling so we can post them on our webpage. TAPS has more information.


Dad's Corner

Gold Star Dads of America have a Facebook page.


 


Washington State Chapter

Welcome to the Washington State Gold Star Mothers.

We come from different backgrounds, different likes, different dislikes, different cultures, and different faiths. We all have one thing in common - we are all Gold Star Mothers. Our mission is to support Veterans, Military Families and Each Other. We want to keep our children's names and memories alive, even though they are no longer with us on earth. If you want to learn more about GSMs please contact Monica McNeal, GSM of LCpl Eric L. Ward, USMC, KIA, 8.17.90-2.21.10, monicammcneal@aol.com or 206.852.4559.

Our alliance is to each Gold Star Mother that we encounter.

The Washington Chapter covers a lot of geography - events are scheduled through out the state. As a member you are the best person to get involved in your community and share event ideas that the Chapter can support. We currently are busy supporting the WA Fallen Hero Banner Project, carrying banners in many parades and events throughout the state.

Our Private Facebook page is has the most current information. You will need to request to be a member and we will verify as we want to keep this page for GSF only and a few others that support GSF.

In 2014-2015 our focus is Supporting Veterans.
Our key projects include:

Vietnam Commemorative 50th Year
We will honor Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Moms and Gold Star Wives.

Honor Flight
We look forward to sponsoring some trips to DC to honor our WWII Veterans.

Wreaths Across America
This event happens on the 2nd Saturday of December each year across the Nation. Numerous Washington Cemeteries participate. The wreaths that the WA GSM support are delivered to Tahoma National Cemetery and Grandview Cemetery. We direct all our fundraising that the wreaths will be delivered to these cemeteries. We meet at various locations to participate in the program and to lay wreaths on Veteran's grave sites.

The 2014 WAA Funds Drive has begun. WA GSMs are partnering with 5 locations of Albert Lee Appliances in Bellevue, Lynnwood, Seattle, Southcenter and Tacoma for donations. Stop in and make a donation to buy wreaths for Washington veterans cemeteries.

Washington Fallen Hero Banners
This is a project started by GSM, Kim Cole. If you would like a banner please contact Kim at mkc1220@msn.com.

Education
To continue to education Americans on Patriotic topics.

Hero Tree at Lincoln Square

Washington GSMs have been approved for a Hero Tree at Lincoln Square, Bellevue, WA.

The Hero Tree project was a great success and can be view through the holiday season at Lincoln Square in Bellevue. We have pictures of each Hero that was displayed on the tree here.

Gold Star Family Contacts

To find out more about Washington Gold Star Mothers please contact any of the officers listed at the upper left of this page.


Upcoming Events

  • July 12, 2014 - Fallen Heroes Banner Fund Raiser. Contact Kim Cole at mkc1220@msn.com or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman jenifergorman78@gmail.com for more details.
  • July 12, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners at Royal City Summerfest, Royal City, WA. Contact Kim Cole for additional information mkc1220@msn.com
  • July 26, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners. Seafair Parade, Seattle. Only 80 Banners. WE NEED ADDITONAL VOLUNTEERS.
    * Arrive at 6:30 PM at the Seattle Center International Fountain.
    * Wear Red, White, Blue or combo and comfortable shoes.
    * The parade route is 2.5 miles long and will end at Century Link.
    * Park either at the end or beginning. Paid parking. Expect to walk, taxi, bus or shuttle. Contact Kim Cole at mkc1220@msn.com or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at jenifergorman78@gmail.com for more details.
  • July 26, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Ferndale, WA. Contact Tami Elliott at tamjen@earthlink.net or 360.393.0360.
  • July 26, 2014 - Veterans Appreciation Night, Tacoma Rainers. Contact Jane Hughes at Janehughes3@msn.com.
  • July 27, 2014 - Always Brothers/100 Mile March, Century Link Field. Contact Kim Cole at mkc1220@msn.com or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at jenifergorman78@gmail.com for more details.
  • July 26, 2014 - Always Brothers/100 Mile March, Mercer Island, WA. Cheer/Support station. Details to follow.
  • July 26, 2014 - Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Dinner, 6 pm, Holy Family Parish Dining Hall, 505 17th Street SE, Auburn, WA. Free for Vietnam Veterans, $10.00 donation requested for others. RSVP to honorvietnamvets@comcast.net or 360.357.7684.
  • July 26-27, 2014 - Columbia Cup, Pasco, WA. GSF Event. RSVP to Shirley at shirley.m.schmunk.ctr.mail.mil or 253.376.1889.
  • July 30, 2014 - GSF Event, 6 pm - 8 pm, Columbia Tower, Seattle WA. Reception sponsored by Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. LIMTED AVAILABILTY, RSVP by July 3, 2014 to myra2004@gmail.com or mcsf@toloevents.com.
  • July 31-Aug 3, 2014 - Vietnam Traveling Wall, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532, 360-740-8875.

    To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Veterans Memorial Museum will host “The American Veterans Traveling Tribute”, commonly referred to as the Vietnam Traveling Wall, from July 31st to August 3rd, 2014. The Traveling Wall that will visit is the largest of the 5 around the country, 360’ long and 80% of the size of the real Wall. Six special programs will be held while The Wall is at the Veterans Memorial Museum.

    Thursday - Laying of the Wreaths: 6:00 PM.

    Friday - Opening Ceremonies, 6:00 PM, LtCol Travis Wofford, Air Force Cross Recipient speaker.

    Saturday - Vietnam Remembrance Day, 11:00 AM, John Plaster speaker. John Plaster in Vietnam ca 1970 after a POW capture; 4:00 PM, Special Guest Speaker Bestselling Author J.A. Jance telling the stories of our Missing in Action. Music by 133rd Army Band the Brass Patriots.

    Sunday - Early Morning Community Church Service, 8:00 AM, Chaplain Stan Baker, speaker; Closing Ceremonies, 2:00 PM, Ron Averill, speaker.

    In order to host The Wall and these events, many volunteers are needed. Committees have already been formed and we are beginning to collect names of those who are willing to help. We are not asking you to sign up for specific shifts at this time, but are asking what job you would like to do so that the appropriate committee chair can contact you when the time draws closer.

    Jobs to be filled include:
    Security - 24-hour coverage is required.
    Parking.
    Set-up and Break-down - Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon.
    Computer searching - for names and locations on Wall. Thursday afternoon through Sunday.
    Uniformed escorts - to take people from computers to location on Wall.
    Museum maintenance - clean-up of site, inside and out, during event.
    Pre-event grounds preparation - mowing, weeding, cleaning.
    Guided tours of the Museum.

    Each shift will be 4 hours long but of course volunteers are welcome to come back each day. If you are willing to help in any way, would you please give us your name, phone number, and e-mail address? You may leave it at the Museum, or call Donna Loucks at 360-736-2147 or send her an e-mail at loucksd@localaccess.com.

    When The Wall was here in 2007, an estimated 12,000 people visited. Most of those people did not come inside the Museum, but just looked at The Wall. We hope for an equal or larger crowd this time and would like to offer frequent, scheduled tours of the museum gallery. In order to do that, we need more people trained to be tour guides. This is a larger commitment that will require advance training, but tour guides are needed on a regular weekly basis and for special tours. If you enjoy talking to people and telling stories, please consider learning to give tours.

    The theme of the program is “To Heal and Honor”. Many veterans returning from war bury emotions deep inside their mind and heart and do not learn how to reconcile with them until 20 to 50 years later. Unfortunately some never are able to come to grips with these emotions. One of the major goals of the Veterans Memorial Museum is to sponsor events such as this to help the HEALING process begin.

    All of the museum’s programs are intended to HONOR those who serve or have served our country. The freedom our citizens and our County currently have is a direct result of the millions of American servicemen and women who have served their country in peace and war! Secondly with the Traveling Wall at the museum we will also HONOR those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

    For more information contact Monica McNeal at monicammcneal@aol.com or 206.852.4559.
  • Aug 2, 2014 - Hillyard Parade, Spokane. Contact Kim Cole at mkc1220@msn.com or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman jenifergorman78@gmail.com for more details.
  • Aug 9, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Custer, WA. Contact Tami Elliott at tamjen@earthlink.net or 360.393.0360.
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Concrete, WA. Contact Tami Elliott at tamjen@earthlink.net or 360.393.0360.
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Golf Tournament - Honoring Fallen and Time of Remembrance, Horn Rapids Golf Course, Richland, WA. Hosted by Post 4, American Legion, Kennewick, WA. Meal and drink included. For more information contact Bruce Rick, 12th District Commander, American Legion at twoboats2004@yahoo.com.
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners - Snoqualmie, WA, Railroad Days. To volunteer to carry a banner RSVP to Monica McNeal monicammcneal@aol.com.
  • Aug 16, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Tacoma, WA. Celebrating Military Service Parade. Volunteers needed. There will be 50 Banners at the Parade. Parade starts at 6 PM. Wear red, white or blue. Contact Jane Hughes for more information at jhughes@kiddermathews.com.
  • Aug 17, 2014 - Volunteer Opportunity at the Veterans Home Annual Picnic, Near Port Orchard, Sunday10:30 am - 2:30 pm. Help Serve food to the 500+ guests. Contact Tammy at 360-895-4376.
  • Aug 23, 2014 - RUCK Competition, JBML - McChord Field Track. All funds raised will be donated to WA GSM. Details to follow.
  • Aug 25, 2014 - Swim to Live, 8 AM - 12 Noon in honor of Joshua Fueston, Bellingham, WA. 4 mile relay swim, Bellingham Bay. Memorial Banquet at 6 PM.
  • Sept 7, 2014 - NAMES Foundation 5K and 10 K, Pop Keeney Stadium, Bothel, WA. 9 AM Start. You can walk or run.
  • Sept 13, 2014 - March for the Fallen, Spokane, WA. Contact Mike J. Stutzke, Kim Cole at mkc1220@msn.com or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at jenifergorman78@gmail.com for more details.
  • Sept 21, 2014 - Fallen Hero Banners, Colville, WA. Contact Kim Cole at mkc1220@msn.com or Jenifer Dumaw Gorman at jenifergorman78@gmail.com for more details.
  • Sept 27 - 28, 2014 - Join us for the Eighth Anniversary of TIME OF REMEMBRANCE, a statewide event is being planned to honor the families and comrades of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska's Fallen during this Global War on Terrorism. This tribute, being held in the cities of Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and West Richland, Washington, honor those who have died for their country and the families left behind. The 2014 "Time of Remembrance" committee, is leading this effort.

    Saturday, September 27th the families and fellow comrades of the fallen will have the opportunity to privately meet for a time of sharing, and will attend break-out sessions which will provide information to assist in the process of coping with their loss and sacrifice. A Candlelight Vigil will take place at Columbia Park at the Veteran's Memorial in Kennewick. The public is invited to join the families at the beautiful Candlelight Ceremony next to the Columbia River. The Vigil will start at 7:30 pm.

    Sunday, September 28th, there will be an official State Recognition Ceremony hosted by the City of West Richland at Flat Top Park. Our goal is to have each of our heroes memory represented. This will be the seventh year for the families of Washington brought together for a time of comfort and healing. We encourage all citizens to attend this important event as we give back to those who have given their all. Please help us welcome the Families of the Fallen from the States of Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska for the first time. The Memorial Ceremony will begin at 11:00 am.
  • Sept 28, 2014 - Race for a Soldier, Gig Harbor, WA. As awareness has increased about high suicide rates and destructive behaviors, some very good programs have been developed, but, undeniably, more help is needed. The VA hospitals alone cannot aid our soldiers to the extent required. The funds raised by Race for a Soldier and the focused attention on the cause will benefit and offer hope to soldiers who are otherwise falling through the cracks.
  • Sept 29, 2014 - Sea-Tac Airport to meet the WWII Veterans that are returning from the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Meet Mr. Bassett, (91 yrs) who the WA State Chapter supported for this trip. 8 PM, baggage claim-South end.
    www.pugetsoundhonorflight.org

    Oct 2, 2014 - Stand Down 2014 - Clallam County Fairgrounds, 9 AM - 3 PM. Volunteer Opportunity. The GSM Lead is Konnie Brand. Volunteer contacts:
    Tammy 360-417-2383, Paul 360-640-0296.
  • Oct 9, 2014 - 50th Commemorative of the Vietnam War at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Honoring our Vietnam-era Veterans. Register here.

    GSMs will be part of the Massing of Colors and possible pinning.
    GSMs attending will need to wear white.

    Sequence of Events
    1 PM Ceremony and Massing of the Colors.
    2 PM Interactive displays at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums.
    4 PM Commemorative pinning event.
    5 PM Event ends.
  • Oct 14, 2014 - JBLM, GSM/GSF Picnic. For info call 253-966-5047.
  • Nov 1, 2014 - Fund Raiser for our Hero Justin Norton. Visit his web site for further information.
  • Nov 6, 2014 - JBLM, SOS Office, Fallen Hero Tree Decorating, 5-7 PM. For info call 253-966-5047.
  • Nov 8, 2014 - Auburn Veterans Day Parade. We will be lining up on L Street NE in Auburn. Please wear RED, WHITE or BLUE Combo and comfortable shoes. The recommended parking is at the Auburn Transit Center, 2nd and A St. SW. Parade starts at 11 AM. We're still awaiting the number of banners. We have requested 100+ so need all the volunteers we can find!!! Thanks! Monica (cell 206.852.4559) will check in for the group, please be at the location by 10:15 AM.
  • Nov 10, 2014 - Elma, WA High School Veterans Day program. Starts at 1 pm. GSM will be honored and will pin Vietnam Veterans for the 50th Commemorative for the Vietnam-era Veterans. RSVP to Monicammcneal@aol.com if you want to reserve chairs. Please wear white. Map here.
  • Nov 10, 2014 - JBLM, $1.50 per game, $2.50 for shoes, 5 pm - 7 pm. For info call 253-966-5047.
  • Nov 14, 2014 - Seattle University Athletics and the Seattle University Alumni Association are partnering to honor those who have served and those who are serving at the home opener for the Seattle U Men's Basketball team at KeyArena on Friday, November 14. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm with an opening ceremony by the ROTC cadet color guard from Seattle University's MG Patrick H. Brady Battalion.

    GSFs to be honored at the event but you must RSVP to Jaime Yslas at the email below. Please share this information with any Veterans you know.

    Veterans, active duty, military and their guests can pick up free tickets at the will call window at the East Box Office of KeyArena on game night. Veterans and their supporters will be seated in section 107 of the arena. Tickets can be picked up on the day of the event starting at 6:00 pm. Doors to the Arena open at 6:00 pm. There will be a table on the concourse located just inside the east entrance where Seattle University.

    Alumni can pick up their three-colored ribbon and learn about the Seattle University Veteran Community which supports several hundred students who are Veterans. This group provides opportunities for camaraderie, community service, networking, and mutual support. There is also an Alumni Rally in Club Live before the game, which all SU alumni are encouraged to attend. There are a lot of great opportunities to be involved with Seattle U, we hope to see you at KeyArena November 14th!

    For more information please contact Jaime Yslas, the Veteran Navigator, yslasj@seattleu.edu.
  • Dec 4, 2014 - Holiday Mail for Heroes, Seattle Tennis Club, 5-7 pm. GSM invited as guests. RSVP via this event....like if you ARE attending - thanks.

    This is our (Red Cross) fourth year doing Holiday Mail for Heroes and I love that it is such an easy way to engage the community. We invite select donors, volunteers and our Board of Directors to come to the event which is sponsored by our women’s philanthropic group called the Tiffany Circle.

    This is largely a social event, and the people who come are serious about signing lots of cards! There will be a short program with 2 speakers; Jim Aitken, a veteran and history buff who will share a story or two and Dawn Angelo, our CEO, who will briefly outline American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Programs. We would also like to recognize any Gold Star Moms in attendance.

    Parking: The Seattle Tennis Club allows Red Cross guests to park in the lot from 5PM – 7PM

    The Club is decorated for holidays and we’ll play some festive music and have wine and appetizers.
  • Dec 8, 2014 - American Lake Women's Health Clinic Holiday Party - 9600 Veterans Dr. SW, Tacoma, WA 98493, Building 5, 10am - 12pm.

    Coming South on I-5

    From Sea-Tac Airport, go to I-5, south to Tacoma.
    Continue south through Tacoma on I-5, then take exit 124.
    Once you exit, get into the right hand lane and proceed onto Gravelly Lake Drive.
    Veer left at the 2nd stoplight, go to the 3rd stoplight (approximately mile), which will place you at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Veterans Drive.
    Turn left at this light, (Veterans Drive SW) and follow Veterans Drive for approximately 1 mile. This will take you directly to the medical center grounds

    Coming North on I-5

    Proceed north on I-5 and take exit 124.
    At the end of the off ramp, turn left and go over the freeway onto Gravelly Lake Drive.
    Follow Gravelly Lake Drive in the left lane (veering left at the third light) to the fourth light that will place you at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Veterans Drive (approximately mile).
    Turn left at the light onto Veterans Drive and proceed for approximately 1 mile. This will take you directly to the medical center grounds.

    From Lakewood

    From Lakewood, take Gravelly Lake Drive and proceed south to the light at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Veterans Drive.
    Turn right onto Veterans Drive and follow for approximately 1 mile, which will lead you directly to the medical center grounds.

    Volunteers needed - arrive at 9:30 for set up.
    They have requested a donation of some gift baskets.
    Monica McNeal will donate a basket and some other raffle prizes ........if you are volunteering can you create a small basket and bring it to the event or coordinate how to get it to someone who is attending.

    Valerie Marks is helping with the coffee donation

    Questions: call Arlene Murray 253.720.1766 or Valerie Marks 360.761.1766.
  • Dec 13, 2014 - Wreaths Across America, Various WA Cemeteries (enter WA in search box for WA cemetery locations). Mary Bradshaw is the lead. Contact her at bradshawmp@aol.com.
  • Dec 13, 2014 - GSM/GSF get together following WAA at Tahoma, 12 noon. A private room has been reserved and we will need RSVP closer to the event.

    Please join us at:
    Gloria's Restaurant and Lounge
    23220 Maple Valley Black Diamond RD SE
    Maple Valley, WA 98038
    Phone: (425) 432-6880

2015

  • Jan 10, 2015 -  Gold Star Family Luncheon, 10:30 am - noon. Guest speaker Dr. Charles Wisenhunt, PhD. The cost of the luncheon is $10. Please RSVP to Monica McNeal at Monicammcneal@aol.com by Jan 4, 2015. More details here.
  • Feb 7, 2015 - Save the Date/Details to follow. JBML Volunteers needed 8-5 pm. Marine Active Duty & Reservist pre-screening. Nick of Time Foundation. http://nickoftimefoundation.org/

    The project is lead by Laurie Finlayson, who's son died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. David was on a training run in Hawaii.
  • June 25-27, 2015 - American Gold Star Mothers National Convention, Kansas City, MO, Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Details to follow.
  • Sept 26-27, 2015 - Time of Remembrance - WA, ID, OR. Details to follow.

Past Events

Snohomish Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast, Dec 11, 2014

GSMs Myra Rintamaki and Monica McNeal.


Fallen Honored by Wreaths Across America and WA GSMs, Dec 9, 2014

Each year the Wreaths Across America organization tries to decorate as many graves at veterans cemeteries as possible. They are aided by many other organizations and individuals who buy wreaths and place them at various cemeteries across the country.

In addition, most states have a ceremony at their Capitol to honor those that served. This year the Washington State Chapter of AGSM, was represented by Valerie Marks, Secretary and Mary Bradshaw at the ceremony in Olympia.

More photos here...


Veterans Appreciation, Nov 14, 2014

Veteran Appreciation was sponsored by Seattle University and honored our Vietnam-era Veterans with the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pin.

Valerie Marks and Arlene Murray (WA GSW Tahoma Chapter President)
2 Vietnam Veterans receiving their Commemorative Pin.

Valerie Marks, WA State Secretary and Monica McNeal, WA State President in white.


Veterans Day Assembly Alma WA High School, Nov 10, 2014

WA GSMs support the Veteran's Day Assembly at Elma High School in Elma, WA. Deonna Philips and Monica McNeal do the pinning and flag presentation to honor and recognize our Vietnam-era Veterans. About 40 Vietnam Veterans received the commemorative pin and Welcome Home recognition.


Auburn Veterans Day Parade, Nov 8, 2014

WA GSFs participate in the 49th Auburn Veteran's Day parade. We carried 100 of the WA Fallen Hero Banners and we won the General’s Award – Best in Parade! See the article and other winners here.


SOS-JBLM Hero Tree Trimming, Nov 6, 2014

Tree with Stars of our Heroes.

Marks/Venning GSF Family.

Kristine Fallstone, GSM.

Stars dedicated to individual fallen heroes.


Families Gather in Tri-Cities to remember fallen heroes, Sept 26, 2014

More than 160 family members of service members killed in recent wars are expected in the Tri-Cities this weekend for A Time of Remembrance.

The families will start gathering Saturday to begin sharing memories, said Shirley Schmunk of Richland, whose son, Army National Guard Spc. Jeremiah Schmunk, 20, died July 9, 2004, in Iraq.

The weekend will culminate with the eighth annual ceremony honoring those lost in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere at 11 a.m. Sunday at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

Full story at Tri-City Herald.
Photos of candlelight vigil.

 

GS Families gather to remember fallen loved ones.

Candle light vigil during the event.

A display of memorabilia from the fallen heroes.

Tom Riggs, MC for the event.


GSMs Visit Gold Star Mothers Monument in Everett, Oct 15, 2014

TO THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF
SNOHOMISH COUNTY

WHO WOULD ASK NOT
WHAT THEIR COUNTRY
COULD DO FOR THEM
BUT WHAT THEY COULD
DO FOR THEIR COUNTRY

THIS MEMORIAL IS FOREVER DEDICATED
BY
THE EVERGREEN CHAPTER
AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS, INC.
1972

L to R Monica McNeal,
Dedi Noble and Myra Rintamaki.


50th Commemorative for Vietnam-era Veterans at JBLM, Oct 9, 2014

There was a large turn out to welcome Vietnam era Veterans home.
Over 1000 Vietnam Vets have registered and even more are expected to attend.
More from The News Tribune...

“It is never too late, never too late, to pay tribute to the men and women who
served and continue to serve our country,” said I Corps Commander Lt. Gen.
Stephen Lanza, the senior Army officer at JBLM.

Diane Tathum, Valerie Marks and Mary Bradshaw.

Valerie Marks, Diane Tathum, Monica McNeal.


Elizabeth Rose Huttula, Vietnam-era Gold Star Mother, Passes Away, Oct 3, 2014


WA GSMs Support Puget Sound Honor Flights for WWII Veterans, Sept 29, 2014

Family, friends and well wishers await the return of an Honor Flight
to SeaTac airport in Seattle, WA.

Gold Star and Blue Star Moms at the event.
GSMs Andi Bailey far right and Monica McNeal at left.

L to R GSM Jane Hughes, WWII Veteran Mr. Bennett, FSM Monica McNeal.


WA State GSMs Show Their Support for NAMES Foundation, Sept 7, 2014

The NAMES Foundation is dedicated to honoring the life and memory of 1stLt Nicholas Aaron Madrazo, USMC. He was killed by a roadside bomb along with Capt Jessie Melton (USMC), HM3 Eichmann Strickland (a medic), and an Afghan interpreter on Sept. 9, 2008 in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. His life ended that day but the influence Nicholas had on so many people has inspired the NAMES Foundation's beginning.

GSM Linda Swanberg helps.

GSM Jenny Madrazo honors her son Nicholas, the
inspiration for the founding of the NAMES Foundation.

GSM Monica McNeal does the 5K.

GSM Shelly Starr helps out.

GSM Debbi Jobs helps.

GSM Myra Rintamaki and grandson Owen do the 5K.


Gold Star Mothers Attend and Support RallyPoint/6 Grand Opening, Sept 3, 2014

Ribbon Cutting at new RallyPoint/6 facility in Lakewood, WA.

Owner/founder Anne Sputer makes some remarks.

Director of WA Dept Veterans Affairs Lourdes (Alfie) Avarado-Ramos.


Fallen Hero Banners in Prosser WA, Sept 1, 2014

We produced this in Prosser at the Labor Day parade. It will be shown
on several public cable TV stations in our State in the next few weeks.
http://www.youtu.be/TnuFDdTbJbE


McChord Air Force Base Does First Ruck Challenge to Support WA Gold Star Mothers, Aug 8, 2014

GSMs Carol Jones Shields, Monica McNeal and Jane Hughes come out
to cheer the runners on.


GSM and SOS Support the Pax2Pax Ride from Boston to Seattle, Aug 7, 2014

GSMs and Survivor Outreach Services support the Pax2Pax Charity Cycling ride
from Boston to Seattle. 2 USMC Veterans, Denny Salisbury and Jay Knight, cycled
across country to raise money for the Johnny Strong Charity Ride for Child’s Play.
GSM Families hosted the riders in their homes as they finished in Seattle, WA.
GSM at the finish line above Monica McNeal and Mary Bradshaw.


GS Families Attend Marine Week in Seattle WA, July 30- Aug 3, 2014


WA Fallen Hero Banners at the Seafair/Torchlight Parade, Seattle, WA, July 26, 2014


WA Gold Star Families are Guest at Emerald Downs June 23, 2014


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