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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Gold Star


This is the season when we often see gold stars adorning our holiday cards or Christmas trees. Many may see this glittery star as a symbol of hope while too often, as we have seen this week in Massachusetts, it signals for a military family that their star, once blue is transformed to gold. It is important during this holiday season that we do not overlook those who have served, continue to serve and those families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. While November is the month to be thankful, we should never forget that December is the time of giving. For those that gave all.

To my readers, even though most of you follow because you love to garden, I’d like to share a poem I wrote in January 2007.

Helen’s Hill

By Ann St. Jean-Bilowz

The trail of motherhood
Leads her past
Its jagged rocks
Brushing against her skin

Its rough edges
Cutting her
Yet she trudges on

His spirit guides her
On the summit’s desolate route

Helen’s Hill
Her trail of motherhood
Afraid if she does not reach its top
It will take his last breath from her memory

He is her guide
Her star
Placed in her hands
A memento of his valor
Once blue
Transformed to gold

Through her star
She speaks his lost words

Through her gestures
She lives his forgotten love

He is her guide
Her star

At the top
She sees him

His first steps
His last hello
The wave goodbye
His last salute

Her son
Country first
Until death
We do part

Only a memento of his valor
Placed in her hands

He is her guide
Her star
Once blue
Transformed to gold

She lives to tell his story
His life
His honor
Her passion to make him whole

Her climb is his memory
In Grace’s footsteps
She follows

His spirit guides her
On the summit’s desolate route
Helen’s Hill
Her trail of motherhood
Once blue
Transformed to gold

Afraid if she does not reach its top
It will take his last breath from her memory

Her climb is his memory
In Grace’s footsteps
She follows.

Helen Hill is a Gold Star mother. She lost her son, David in Vietnam. This poem was written to honor Helen and all of our nation’s gold star families.

Grace Darling Seibold founded the Gold Star Mothers after losing her son, George in World War I. Twenty-five mothers met on June 4, 1928 and formed the national organization, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

For more information on today’s Gold Star organization:
http://www.goldstarmoms.com/index.htm

TAPS is another organization offering “immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing to anyone grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the deceased or the circumstances of the death.”
http://www.taps.org/
24 hours a day
7 days a week (800-959-TAPS)

As always, there must be an inspirational thought for the day. An unknown author’s words seem most fitting. “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

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