ANNUAL CONVENTION 2013
Moms recite the Pledge of Allegience.
Several service organizations had informational displays
at the convention.
Terry Geiling CEO of Gold Star Manor updates moms on the
Several Honor and Remember flags were presented to moms.
Rebecca Ponder and George Lutz founder of
Honor and Remember.
The nation is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
Florence Johnson was among four Gold Star Mothers who
received a Certificate of
Honor from the Secretary of Defense, which recognizes
the significant sacrifices
made by her loved one, herself and their family.
Outgoing AGSM President Mary Byers receives a
Certificate of Service presented by Yvonne Schilz.
Kevin Secor, Veterans Service Organizations Liaison from
the Office of the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs brought us up to date on
their activities to support veterans.
Rich Sanders, President of VietNow, presented our
national president, Mary Byers,
the Award of Excellence, signifying "A Mother's Love" as
a Gold Star Mother.
Major Jennifer Marino, USMC (Ret), spoke to convention
attendees about her upcoming
Gold Star Bike Ride Project. Jenn plans to begin this
journey on August 10, 2013
in Camp Pendleton, CA and end at Camp Lejeune, NC on
October 25, 2013. She will be
visiting with Gold Star Families as she travels across
the US to learn about their sons
and daughters. She is dedicating this ride to all the
brave servicemen and women who
have given their lives in service to our country,
whether their deaths occurred in combat situations,
training missions or at their own hands.
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