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Held at the American Red Cross Building for our meetings.
Location: 2001 Cantu Court,
2nd Saturday of the month
Making A Difference Supporting Active Duty Military, Reservists,
our Veterans and American Gold Star Mothers
Southwest Florida is a Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., which was chartered in February 2009.
History of the Blue Star Mothers of America
On January 22, 1942 the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking Mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel, in Flint Michigan. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization
On February 6th the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960 the organization was chartered by congress.
Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were an working part of homeland security during times our time of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times we have began to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging flags in their windows at home proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during at time of war.
Our organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.
If you are a military mother please contact us to learn more of how you can be involved with events and efforts here in southwest Florida.
Photo: Wreaths Across America at Sarasota National Cemetery
Wreaths Across America Day
SARASOTA NATIONAL CEMETERY
OUR CHAPTER'S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Please join us in Remembering and
Honoring our Veterans and Fallen Heroes on December 19, 2020. Your support and participation in the wreath laying ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery will make a difference in our community. We are grateful to everyone for making this event a success each year.
Your support will help raise money for continuing on with our military missions in the upcoming year.
The funds raised will go towards our efforts to support our deployed military, local Veterans, Wounded Warriors and their families and supporting our local American Gold Star Mothers in Florida.
Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241