The first annual Blue Star Mothers of America, Northern KY Chapter 5 “Candle Light Vigil” for the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq was held last Saturday night at the Florence Government Center on Ewing Drive.
Though the wind kept trying to blow out our candles, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Blue and Gold Star Mothers and their friends who met to remember those who have given their lives or are missing in action and bless the ones who are currently serving in our country’s battle against terrorism.
The service offered patriotic tributes to the Blue and Gold Star Mothers, a tribute to the “Pledge of Allegiance”, and poetic tributes to our sons and daughters who are putting their lives on the line for freedom. The music consisted of The “National Anthem” played on an electric violin, a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” and the singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. The service ended with a bagpipe playing “Amazing Grace” as the piper entered and departed the service area.
The speaker was Retired United States Marine Chief Warrant Officer Michael McGriff who gave us all a sense of the importance of having a wife or mother at home to support our soldiers when they are away on their missions.
Everyone left with a feeling of reverence and respect for our military and a vow to never forget their sacrifices in the cause of freedom.
This article was submitted to Florence Ky Online by the Northern Kentucky Blue Star Mothers.