VA Medical Center
Christmas Gifts Delivery
December 24, 2015
MCVET Christmas Dinner
December 21, 2015
Maryland Gold Star Mothers Michelle Murphy, Yvonne Green, Donna Robinson and Janice Chance joined several members of the American Legion, VFW, T. Rowe Price employees and other organizations to serve a delicious meal and desserts to our Veteran Heroes. We gave gift baskets and joined with the residents in singing the MCVET version of the “12 days of Christmas” song. It was a Blessing not only to serve, but to also be able to just spend time talking with them. Our Chapter members have developed a special relationship with our Heroes and do all that we can to support them year-round. The residents often express how much they appreciate our presence and words of encouragement. “WE HONOR THROUGH SERVICE”
VA Medical Center
December 14, 2015
Gold Star Mothers Michelle Murphy and Janice Chance visited our Heroes at the Baltimore VA Medical Center located in downtown Baltimore. They distributed packets of Christmas cards with stamped envelopes to patients to mail to relatives and friends. Fleece scarves and a blanket were also distributed. One of the patients told them that he believed we were sent by God in answer to his prayer. He shared that he was thinking about his wife who was at home in Salisbury Maryland and did not have the means to visit him. Our Hero was so happy and appreciative that he received a Christmas card to mail home to his precious wife. Seeing the smiles on the faces, hearing that we were an answer to prayers, and seeing many other positive responses, are some of the things that make what we do as Gold Star Mothers worth it all. We will continue to fulfill our mission to serve our Veterans, Active Duty service members, their families within our communities. Bottom line is we strive to ” “HONOR THROUGH SERVICE”.
MCVET 2nd Annual Women’s Tea Event
December 13, 2015
Gold Star Mothers Michelle Murphy, Elsheba Khan, Regina Barnhurst, Rosemarie Ceo, Donna Robinson, and Janice Chance attended the 2nd Annual MCVET Women’s Tea to support and encourage them for their many accomplishments. We also gave a monetary donation to help cover some of the expenses. Incorporated on February 25, 1993, the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation designed to provide homeless veterans and other veterans in need with comprehensive services that will enable them to rejoin their communities as productive citizens. Mrs. Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore States Attorney, was the key note speaker. She delivered a timely message that inspired not only the Honorees, our Gold Star Chapter members, but also others that were in attendance, based on their response during and after her message. During the event, it was reported that our women Veterans have overcome many obstacles and are making continued progress toward their goals. All women Veterans who are at the Center are attending college or specialized training. One woman is scheduled to graduate from a Community College this month. YEAH !! They were all beautifully dressed and some even wore beautiful hats. It was a blessing to be in their presence and to pour out our love on them. It was a Great Event and we are looking forward to continuing our personal support, financial assistance and attending their 3rd Annual Tea event.
Army vs. Navy Game
December 12, 2015
Warrior Events and the Travis Manion Foundation sponsored a trip to the Army vs. Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Wound Warrior Heroes, their families and Gold Star Mothers. In attendance from the Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter were Michelle Murphy, Donna Robinson, Mary Wiley, Elsheba Khan, Janice Chance, two Gold Star siblings and three nephews. The Warrior Events organization provided and coordinated the transportation on a very nice and comfortable motor coach. We were served food, beverages, and snacks by the Warrior Events leadership team and members. We were pleasantly surprised when the bus on which we were riding, was met by two Philadelphia police officers and escorted us to the stadium. We all had the pleasure to meet and thank them for escorting us, as well as for their service. Mr. Bender and the the Travis Manion Foundation not only welcomed us to their VIP Tailgate Social, they also provided us with premium seating in the club and suite levels. Additionally, they also provided pre game side line passes, which allowed us to view pre game activities up close. General Joseph Dunford, USMC who was recently appointed as the new Joint Chiefs of Staff, was one of the Heroes that our moms did not expect to meet. It truly was a real serendipitous experience! After the game was over, we once again received a police escort as they opened up a path that enabled our driver to get safely through the traffic jam to the beltway. We were treated with Tender Loving Care (TLC )from the time of our arrival and until we safely arrived back to Baltimore. It was an honor to meet and spend time with our Heroes, their families and to meet so many wonderful people. Special thanks in particular to Mr Bob Saunders, VP Warrior Events, Mrs. Jacqui Sands, Ambassador Warrior Events, Mr. Rob Bender, Director of Advancement Travis Manion Foundation and their team members for their many acts of kindness, which made the day very special.
Wreaths Across America
December 12, 2015
Theresa Mills visits her Hero, LCpl Eugene C. Mills, III in Section 60
Pictured L/R: Lee Ann and her daughter Anna
Pictured L/R front row Center: Regina, Janice, Chase Savage, Paula, and a group of dedicated volunteers.
On December 12th, The Wreaths Across America Trucks and convoy of vehicles came rolling into Arlington National Cemetery to the cheers of hundreds of people, which included mostly volunteers, some family members and tourists. Several Gold Star Maryland Chapter members including Regina Barnhurst, Paula Davis, Theresa Mills, Lee Ann Doerflinger and Janice Chance, along with many other Gold Star Mothers from other chapters were also at Arlington for the Wreaths Across America Arrival Ceremony and to assist with the placing of wreaths on our Heroes graves. One of our Wounded Warrior Heroes, who is an Iraq Veteran, stopped by to support us and to visit our fallen heroes’ graves. Lee Ann’s daughter, Anna also attended and assisted with the placing of wreaths. It was a blessing to meet and spend time with many other warm and friendly Gold Star survivors and volunteers. The volunteers in the group picture were kind enough to provide snacks for Gold Star family members. It was another memorable day.
VFW Post 521
Christmas Luncheon for Veterans VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center
Loch Raven, Maryland
December 10, 2015
Patients from VA Medical Center Loch Raven were served by members of Post 521, along with members of other Post’s, Maryland Department Officers, student volunteers, and VA Volunteers. The Heroes were the recipients of many acts of kindness. It is always a blessing to serve. Janice Chance participated on behalf of the Maryland Gold Star Mothers.
Maryland Gold Star Mothers Partner with Travis Manion Foundation (TMF)
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Baltimore City, Maryland
December 5, 2015
Pictured L/R: Back Row Ashley Whitlock TMF , Pat Cappelaere TMF, Doreen Cappelaere TMF, Lauren Seidler MD Chapter GSM, Front Row: Amy Looney TMF, Janice Chance MD GSM, Elsheba Khan MD Chapter GSM, Regina Barnhurst MD GSM
On December 5, 2015, The Gold Star Maryland Chapter partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation for a special Habitat For Humanity of the Chesapeake Team building service project. Four mothers from the Maryland Chapter – Regina Barnhurst, Lauren Seidler, Elsheba Khan and Janice Chance along with five survivor family members from the Travis Manion Foundation – Amy Looney, Doreen Cappalaere, Pat Cappalaere, Andrea Philips, and Ashley Whitlock worked together as a team on a home located in the McCabe Community located in Baltimore City. We were assigned to do the trim for all of the windows and designated floor boards throughout the home. We learned how to cut the wood trim using a power saw after measuring the windows and walls, apply and nail the trim in place with a nail gun, and apply caulking using a caulking gun. Our construction boss Denise was very patient with us. She was an excellent teacher. We had a lot of fun as we learned and performed our assignments. Thanks to her we were able to complete our assigned task by the end of our shift. It was a blessing to be able to work on a home that one day soon will be occupied by a family who dreamed of owning a home. We are looking forward to working together again on other service projects.
Supporting our Troops and Homeless Veterans
November 20, 2015
Gold Star Mothers Janice Chance, Lee Ann Doerflinger, Theresa Mills and Donna Robinson went shopping for troops and homeless Veterans. Various treats and food items were purchased for the troops who are currently stationed in India. They also purchased home goods and cold weather clothing and donated them to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. They provide safe havens and short-term housing for Veterans. Their program offers support to all Veterans who need assistance in securing affordable housing and support services.
VETERAN’S DAY CEREMONIES 2015
Baltimore City 10th Anniversary Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
November 11, 2015
Gold Star Mothers were invited to participate in three Veterans Day ceremonies. Rosemarie Ceo, Elsheba Khan, and Janice Chance started off their day by marching in Baltimore City’s 10th Anniversary Veterans Day Parade. It was an honor to support our Veterans and their families.
Maryland Chapter # 33 Korean War Memorial Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2015
After leaving the Baltimore City Veterans Day parade, Elsheba Khan and Janice Chance joined the Veterans Day ceremony being held at the Korean War Memorial located in Baltimore City. Gold Star mother Tracy Miller was given the honor to be one of the speakers and Edith Hines read a poem that she had written for her son. Mrs. Hines is the only mother in the Maryland Chapter whose child, Corporal Timothy Echols, U.S. Army, made the ultimate sacrifice in Korea on March 17, 1969. Mrs. Hines was very grateful that she was able to read the poem in memory of her son. Janice and Elsheba joined Tracy, Edith and BG William E. King lV for the wreath laying ceremony.
Garrison Forest Veterans Day Ceremony
Owings Mills, Maryland
November 11, 2015
The Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery located in Owings Mills, Maryland was attended by Joyce Goode who laid a wreath on behalf of Gold Star families. Yvonne Green, Donna Robinson, Elsheba Khan, and Janice who were also part of the Baltimore City parade, joined Joyce at the end of the ceremony and were treated to lunch at the American Legion Post 116, which was prepared by their members. Gold Star Dads Greg Goode and Garry Green were also part of this celebration.
Aberdeen Proving Ground “Why We Serve” Ceremony
November 10, 2015
Major General (MG) Bruce T. Crawford Commanding General CECOM invited Gold Star family members to their annual “Why We Serve” Ceremony. The Officers and Enlisted Service members, and Army Civilian Employees once again raised their right hand and took an oath signifying their allegiance and dedication to duty, etc. MG Linda L. Singh, Adjutant General of Maryland was the keynote speaker. MG Crawford also swore in a group of new recruits. Michelle Murphy, Donna Robinson, Rosemarie Ceo, Yvonne Green, Elsheba Khan and Janice Chance were in attendance to witness our Heroes reciting their oath during this very special ceremony.
Habitat for Humanity for the Chesapeake Veterans Build Project
November 7, 2015
Maryland Gold Star Mothers were invited by leaders at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to participate in their “Veteran Build” project by serving in their hospitality area on Saturday November 7, 2015. Mrs. Shanita Simpson, the Volunteer Engagement Manager for Habitat coordinated this special project. The following moms participated in this year’s build project: Janice Chance, Yvonne Green, Donna Robinson, Elsheba Khan, Rosemarie Ceo, Gina Barnhurst and Michelle Murphy proudly represented the Maryland Chapter. Approximately 45 active duty service members Heroes along with the Habitat staff to perform required construction duties as directed by the Construction Project leader volunteers. The houses were located on McCabe Street in Baltimore City. Although it began to rain our Heroes did not allow the light rain to interrupt the work that they were doing. We were so proud of our Heroes who willingly gave up their day to serve within the community in a role of helping to build versus having to perform military services. The military men and women were from all branches of our armed forces. Our Chapter provided breakfast, helped serve lunch and gave Starbucks gift cards as well as lots of love, gratitude and support to the military men and women who worked so hard on the McCabe Street houses. We also are thankful to our Habitat for Humanity friends who organized this and many other builds in our community. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to share information about our organization and to meet and talk with two of the McCabe Community Association leaders. We are looking forward to working with them on future projects.
Gold Star moms were invited along with members of the Maryland Patriot Guard to volunteer at the Fall Festival that was sponsored by the Morale Welfare and Recreational department. It is one of many events that are held throughout the years for the service members and their families. It was Great turn out. We were blessed not only to serve our heroes, but we also had many opportunities to talk with them and express our thanks. It was especially a treat to spend time interacting with the children as they were searching for the eggs filled with Halloween candy that we hid in the stack of hay.
Maryland Patriot Guard and Gold Star Mothers
Help on the Homefront
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) – Bethesda, Maryland
October 1, 2015
Pictured L/R: Donna Robinson, Mary Wiley and Janice Chance along with other volunteers assisted the Maryland Patriot Guard’s “Help on the Home Front” project
Gold Star Mothers joined Ted Nettles one of the leader’s for the Maryland Patriot Guard, a few of his team members and other volunteers to distribute a variety of needed items with their ” Help on the Home Front Project.” The wounded soldiers who live in the Warrior transitional Housing Unit are recuperating from injuries sustained during their service to our Country. Our Heroes often need to stay in transitional housing for more than one year because they require a variety of out patient medical treatments, procedures, therapy, and other services. It was a blessing to be able to assist with the distribution. When the warriors and their family members stopped at the table to pick up some of life’s essentials, such as bath soap, shampoo, toilet paper, and many other items, they expressed their thanks. It was a heart warming experience as we were joyfully serving our Heroes thus fulfilling our mission “finding strength and healing in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving in the military, their families and our community.”
“Fallen Star” Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Aberdeen Proving Ground
September 29, 2015
On September 29, 2015, Janice Chance and Michelle Murphy had the honor of attending the “FALLEN STAR” Memorial Dedication Ceremony that was held in honor of Major General Harold J. Greene U.S. Army, the Warfighters and their families at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He was killed while serving in Afghanistan on August 5, 2014. MG Greene’s 34 year distinguished career began at Fort Polk, LA. The following was written about MG Greene and was shared in the program: “He earned a reputation as a leader with an exemplary work ethic, a sense of humor, humility and the ability to inspire those around him. He loved being a United States Army Soldier and would often greet those around him, “What have you done for Soldiers today?” Many distinguished guests, elected officials, active duty and retired service members, community supporters and a host of others who respected and admired MG Greene were there to participate in this historic event. It was a heart warming ceremony, especially when we witnessed his wife, Colonel Susan Meyers, Ph.D (Ret) unveil the memorial marker. Michelle and Janice met the artists who designed the fallen star memorial and were recognized as they were presented with a replica of the memorial. The program also stated the all too familiar words “May the Nation never forget Freedom isn’t free…”
1st Annual Gold Star Mother’s Honor Cruise
Sponsored by Truckin4Troops
September 25, 2015
Pictured L/R: Donna Robinson, Linda Willey, Joyce Goode, Gloria Carothers, 2nd row : Regina Barnhurst, Theresa Mills, Martina Burger, Janice Chance, Debbie Grove, Mary O King, Michelle Murphy, Elsheba Khan. Front row: Yvonne Green, Edith Hines, Mary Wiley, Paula Davis
Gold Star Mothers receive ID Life Bags that contained skin care products as a special treat on the cruise
On 25 September 2015 Scott and Lynne Mallary, founders of the Truckin4troops organization and their partners, sponsored their “1st Annual Gold Star Mother’s Honor Cruise” aboard one of Watermark’s Yacht’s, the “Lady Sarah.” Sixteen Maryland Gold Star Mothers and their guests were blessed to be aboard what President/Chaplain Janice Chance refers to as the “Love Boat Honor Cruise” because we were the recipients of many acts of Loving Kindness. We received a warm welcome and many hugs upon our arrival. From the time that we arrived up until the end of the cruise, we received “The Royal Treatment”. Scott, Lynne, their children, team members, the Watermark Staff, and our Surprise Special Guest, “Captain Woody”, expressed their appreciation in numerous ways throughout the cruise. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding, and Captain Woody’s performance as Elvis Presley was GREAT!! He really knew how to get us up and moving! A few brave moms and guests also joined Captain Woody on the dance floor. It was a SPECTACULAR EVENING!!! It was a wonderful event to start off the weekend of events leading up to the Commemoration of “Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day”, which was observed on Sunday, September 27th. It was a blessing to be able to spend time together as a family because we did not have to worry about making anyone uncomfortable. We were free to share about our loved ones and to just have sweet fellowship. We will never be able to thank Truckin4troops, their partners and “Captain Woody” enough for their many acts of Loving Kindness. Before leaving the Yacht, we were given gift bags full of goodies and flowers. We are looking forward to once again volunteering with the Truckin4troops organization as they serve our Heroes.
Maryland Gold Star Mothers Third Annual Crab Feast and Bull Roast
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
September 20, 2015
Our third annual crab feast and bull roast fundraiser was held at the American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. It was a huge success due to the hard work and combined efforts of Lee Ann Doerflinger (Past Chapter President) who served as the fundraiser chair, the committee members, Janice Chance (President & Chaplain), Kelly Swanson, Cindy Lohman, Theresa Mills (Secretary), Mary Wiley (2nd Vice President), Michelle Murphy (1st Vice President), Yvonne Green (Sergeant at Arms), Paula Davis, Elsheba Khan (Treasurer) and the rest of the Maryland Chapter members.
This year marked a significant increase in the number of sponsors due to our networking and volunteer projects. These projects included partnerships with several nonprofit organizations that serve and support veterans and wounded warriors. There were three tiers of sponsors, Gold ($500.00) Silver ($300), and Bronze ($150.00). The Gold tier donors were; Truckin4troops, Steve and Cindy Fogleman, and Mr. William Karlson. Silver tier donors were; The Johanniter organization and Dr Joel Nathanson. Bronze tier donors were; Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, The Columbia Bank and David W. Grooms Insurance Agency, Inc. We were pleasantly surprised by Mark Hoke of Operation Second Chance/No Person Left Behind and wounded warrior Chase Savage who presented us with a poster size check in the sum of $1,550.00. We were also fortunate to work with Mr. Jay Cleaver, the owner of Memories Honored, who created a beautiful slide show of our fallen heroes as a donation to our event. This truly was the highlight of the event and touched the hearts of the Moms and attendees. We would also like to thank DJ Char Lee for providing the music for the event.
The proceeds from this event will be used to help us fulfill our mission of serving and supporting our veterans, active duty service members and their families. It was a wonderful time of food, fun and fellowship. We have received positive feedback, in addition to promises to support and attend our next annual crab feast and bull roast.
Finally, we are very grateful to all our family, friends, members of other veteran support organizations and a special heartfelt thanks to the leadership and members of American Legion Post 206 for their hospitality and generosity. Specifically, they donated the use of the beautiful hall and stage, publicized the event including advertising in the local papers and the electronic reader board; donated beer, sold tickets, provided bartenders, and members who seized every opportunity to help us. The annual crab feast is our only fundraiser and Post 206 was a major contributor to its success.
American Legion Post 60
September 19, 2015
Partnering with the American Legion Post 60 members, Janice Chance, Michelle Murphy, Amy Bush-Werner, Mary-O King, Mary Wiley, Gina Barnhurst, Paula Davis, and Theresa Mills helped set up and prepare lunch for over 100 residents of the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) at Post 60’s hall in Laurel, Maryland. MCVET is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation designed to provide homeless veterans and other veterans in need with comprehensive services that will enable them to rejoin their communities as productive citizens. The center is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The American Legion Riders escorted two buses and two vans of men and women to the luncheon, where they were ceremoniously welcomed with a flag line of Legion members and Gold Star Mothers. We also had the pleasure of spending time with them as we joined them during and after lunch. After their meal, the honorees were treated to a few games of bingo, cornhole and a competitive softball game between MCVET residents and the American Legion Post 60 softball team. It was an honor to serve and spend time with our Heroes.
Baltimore Washington International Airport
September 9, 2015
Gold Star Moms Lauren Wyatt, Michelle Murphy, Mary Wiley and Janice Chance joined with the Honor Flight Team and three U.S. Navy service members at BWI to greet WWII and Korean War Veterans from Kansas. The Veterans and their family members expressed their appreciation. We received several hugs and saw many tears as our Heroes were being greeted by the team, passengers waiting for flights, staff, store employees, etc. It was truly an honor to support our American Heroes. It was a heart-warming experience that none of us will never forget.
Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
September 3, 2015
First Picture – L/R: Judy Faunce, Janice Chance, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Lee Ann Doerflinger and Mary Wiley
Second Picture – L/R: Mary, Lee Ann, Msgr. John Foster, Judy and Janice
Gold Star Mothers from the Maryland/Delaware Department attended the annual Mass in memory of Father Vincent Capodanno, a Navy chaplain who was killed in action in Vietnam on September 4, 1967. Father Capodanno received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2006. Mass was held in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC and was celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity
Solomons Island, Maryland
August 22, 2015
Pictured L/R: Lee Ann, Cindy and Kelly
Gold Star Mothers Cindy Lohman, Kelly Swanson and Lee Ann Doerflinger volunteered for and participated in the Warrior Fun Run & Sail to benefit Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran Critical Home Repair Program. Cindy was one of the organizers of this very fun event. Kelly helped with registration and was available to answer questions about the Gold Star Mothers, while Lee Ann and her daughter Anna ran the 5K, both achieving personal records! For more information about the work that Patuxent Habitat does for veteran, go to https://www.patuxenthabitat.org/WFRS
Gold Star Mothers Dinner & Cruise
August 20, 2015
Thirteen Maryland moms and one Delaware Chapter mom recently accepted an invitation to attend a Dinner and Sunset Cruise in Annapolis. Three dads, one Gold Star sibling and several other guests joined us as well. The event was planned and coordinated by Mr. Chase Savage along with Warrior Events, an Annapolis based military non-profit. Mr. John O’Leary, President, Mr. Bob Saunders, Vice President, Mrs. Jacqui Sands, Ambassador to the Troops and Mr. Dan Cowdrey served as our gracious hosts. Many other volunteers assisted with serving us throughout the event, including General John Sattler USMC (Ret) and his wife Ginny. We were treated to a free overnight stay at the Loews Hotel, a four star hotel located in downtown Annapolis. After checking into the hotel prior to the event, we were pleasantly surprised to see a limousine waiting outside that provided transportation for the evening. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Gary Mangum for donating the limousine. Once we arrived at Mears Marina, the event began under a large covered pavilion with gorgeous waterfront views. A delicious dinner, consisting of filet mignon, crab cakes and other tasty items were provided by Morton’s Steakhouse who donated their catering service at no cost. After dinner we were treated to a sunset cruise, aboard the boats of three yacht owners who generously donated their vessels for the evening. During the boat ride, we toured the Annapolis waterways which enabled us to see many sites which included the U.S. Naval Academy and the famous “Ego Alley” in downtown Annapolis. Additionally every mom received many wonderful surprises throughout the event such as a huge gift basket loaded with too many gifts to name, a beautiful wooden box that had a gold star on the top lid and it contained a beautiful gold star bracelet. We were also treated to a delicious breakfast the following morning. It was truly a memorable event for which we are all very grateful. On behalf of the Gold Star Mothers and family members who attended, we would like to say thank you to each and every person that contributed to making this a truly special evening. Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to working with Warrior Events on future service projects.
Maryland Patriot Guard & Yellow Ribbon Fund Crab and Shrimp Feast
WRNMMC – USO, Bethesda, Maryland
August 15, 2015
Gold Star Moms were invited once again by Ann and Ted Nettles, leaders of the Maryland Patriot Guard to assist with serving some of our Heroes and their families at the USO located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda. It was a well attended event. Plenty of good food, wonderful fellowship and many expressions of “Thanks”. It is always an honor to serve those who have and continue to Serve and Protect us.
USMC Evening Parade & Reception
8th & I USMC Barracks, Washington, DC
August 7, 2015
Pictured L/R: Elaine Dorsey( GS Aunt) Mary Wiley, Theresa Mills, Yvonne Green, LTG Jon Davis, Janice Chance, Chase Savage, Michelle Murphy, Paula Davis, Regina Barnhurst, Mary O King, Martina Burger, Elsheba Khan
We were invited by Lieutenant General and Mrs. Jon M. Davis to attend a VIP Reception and Evening Marine Parade in honor of Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, Victoria Cross recipient, on Friday 14 August 2015. It was an honor to meet and talk with LTG Davis, his wife, LCPL Leakey, and other distinguished guests. We were also able to meet and thank many of our Heroes and their family members. As LTG Davis personally greeted each mom, he was able to share information that he had read about our children which warmed our hearts. We were also recognized during his brief program. The Parade was SPECTACULAR and it was a memorable evening for which we are very grateful.
On August 1, 2015, Mothers of the Maryland and Delaware Chapters met for their Department meeting at American Legion Post 60. Officers were installed by Judith Faunce President of the Wilmington Delaware Chapter. President and Chaplain Janice Chance. 1st Vice President Michelle Murphy, 2nd Vice President Mary Wiley, Treasurer Elsheba Khan, Secretary Theresa Mills, and Sergeant at Arms Yvonne Green.
Care Packages for our Deployed Heroes
August 1, 2015
Moms gather after chapter meeting to pack goodies to send to a team of our heroes currently serving in Africa.
Supporting Our Troops
May 8th & July 28th 2015
May 8, 2015 – Theresa and Lee Ann went shopping for single Marines and Sailors from the 24th Military Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Goody bags were prepared for their homecoming scheduled for July 15th. Theresa’s son, Lance Corporal Jacob Mills, USMC, was happy to receive these treats!
July 28, 2015 – Lee Ann and Janice volunteered to shop for snacks that will be sent to a team of soldiers that are currently deployed in Africa.
Maryland Chapter moms are committed to supporting our Heroes. Receiving packages from home as many of our service members brings joy and reassures them that they are not forgotten.
U.S. Marine Corps Family Day Bar B Que
Walter Reed Military Medical Center
July 16, 2015
Maryland Gold Star Mothers were invited by Ann and Ted Nettles, leaders for the Heroes on the Homefront and members of the Maryland Patriot Guard and Mia Nam Family support Coordinator to volunteer to assist with serving during the Marine Family Day Bar B Que. Mary O King, Donna Robinson and Janice Chance assisted with serving family members, wounded warriors, ill and injured Marines, Caregivers, and supporting staff. Two American Red Cross volunteers also attended and brought their service dogs. It was a great day!!!
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Summer Building Project
July 15, 2015
(1st Picture: L/R – Janice Chance, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Donna Robinson; 2nd Picture: L/R – Donna Robinson, Dir. of Community Engagement Leila Kohler-Frueh, and Janice Chance; 3rd Picture: L/R – Janice and Donna)
Donna Robinson and Janice Chance were invited by Leila Kohler-Frueh, Director of Community Engagement to join their team of volunteers at their annual Summer Building Week. This year’s Summer Building Week focused on houses on McCabe Avenue in the Woodbourne-McCabe community of Baltimore. Habitat Chesapeake dedicated its first four homes on McCabe earlier this year and is working to rehab more than 20 additional homes. Janice and Donna served in the hospitality area assisting with setting up and distributing lunches. Plans are being made for Maryland Chapter Mothers and other family members to join the Habitat team in future projects. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Mayor of Baltimore City, stopped by to see the work that is being done. She also took time to talk with some of the staff and volunteers. It was a very rewarding experience.
1st Picture: L/R: Janice Chance, Lt. General Bailey, Theresa Mills and Ken Dunn, retired US Marine Corps Colonel; 2nd Picture: L/R: Janice Chance, CWO4 Hershal “Woody” Williams and Theresa Mills
Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter members were invited to the USMC Sunset Parade in Arlington, VA on Tuesday, July 7th. Janice Chance and Theresa Mills attended the VIP reception at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Hershal “Woody ” Williams the oldest living WWII Medal of Honor recipient. The reception and parade was hosted by Lieutenant General Ronald L.Bailey. Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershal “Woody” Williams. CWO4 Williams addressed the small group and paid homage to all Gold Star Families and fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free. Mr. Williams is also working on a personal goal with his foundation, Hershal Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, to erect Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in all 50 states. As of 2015, five monuments have been erected in the following states: West Virginia (Mr. Williams hometown), Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. After the reception guests were transported to the Iwo Jima Memorial where the 8th & I Marines Commandant’s Own and Silent Drill Team provided an impressive concert of music and unique silent precision exhibition drills. The ceremony ended with a lone trumpeter playing Taps from the USMC memorial statue.
Pre Independence Day Dinner at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland
July 1, 2015
Members of the Maryland Chapter were invited by Mr. Peter Guen to join his organization, the Johanniter Order and the Malta Order, to assist with serving dinner to wounded warriors, active duty service members, their families and staff. The dinner was served in the Warrior Cafe in Building 62 on Wednesday July 1, 2015. Mary Wiley, Janice Chance and Donna Robinson assisted with the set up and serving. It was well attended event and many expressed their appreciation for the service, food, music, and fellowship. It was another opportunity for Gold Star Mothers to ” Honor through Service .”
(Left picture – John Gilmore ( member of Johanniter Order, Mary Wiley, Janice Chance, Donna Robinson, Peter Guen (Johanniter Order) (Right picture – L/R Mary, Janice and Donna)
Annual Maryland Patriot Guard Wounded Warrior Bar B Que
June 20, 2015
Gold Star mothers Sandy Seidel ( PA chapter) Lauren Seidler, Janice Chance, Michelle Murphy, Donna Robinson, Mary Wiley and Gold Star dad Kenmore Murphy ( MD Chapter) served as volunteers at the Maryland Patriot Guard Annual Wounded Warriors Bar B Que. The Maryland Chapter also made a donation to help cover the cost of the event. It was an honor to serve and spend time with our Heroes. It was a great way to carry on the legacy of our fallen heroes.
Bridge Ride 4 Heroes
June 13, 2015
Three moms from the Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter served as volunteers at the Bridge Ride 4 Heroes fundraiser on June 13, 2015. Regina Barnhurst, Janice Chance and Donna Robinson served at the sleeve removal cutting table. Many of the riders requested that the sleeves be cut off of their orange event T Shirt that were worn by all of the participants. The money raised will be used by the Truckin 4 Troops organization to continue to fulfill their mission of supporting and serving our wounded service members and women.
Ft. Myer – Henderson Hall, Virginia
May 20, 2015
Pictured L/R: Elsheba Khan, Mary Jane Walton, Colonel Johnny Davis, Janice Chance, Major Timothy Meadors, Donna Robinson, Rosemarie Ceo, Yvonne Green ( kneeling)
The Maryland Chapter Gold Star Mothers, family members and guests were invited to attend the Twilight Tattoo at Joint Base Fort Meyer Henderson. The Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long, live-action military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band Pershing’s Own. It was a spectacular event. Special Recognition was given to Gold Star Mothers and Family members.
Archdiocese for the Military Services Memorial Mass
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
May 17, 2015
Gold Star Mothers from Maryland and Delaware with Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, following the Memorial Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Gold Star Mothers from Pennsylvania also attended the Mass. The Memorial Mass is held annually and is open to members of the public in addition to military members.
The 29th Annual Massing of the Colors and Memorial Day Remembrance
Ft. Meade, Maryland
May 17, 2015
More than 400 people attended the 90-minute event, which celebrates the flag and honors those who have served and continue to serve the country. The grand marshal and keynote speaker was Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service. “We tend to focus on serving, but Memorial Day is a visible reminder that sacrifice is behind that flag,” Rogers said. “… The greatest pain in the world is to lose those closest to us. On behalf of the military, thank you for your willingness to bear that sacrifice. … Thank you for your willingness to be part of something bigger than yourselves.” Many thanks to Admiral Rogers for acknowledging the pain of sacrifice when we lose those close to us, who died in service to our country. It becomes easier to bear when a community comes together to pay homage to that sacrifice. We are grateful for the community at Ft. Meade, Garrison Commander, Col. Foley and Voncile Farmer of Survivor Outreach Services, as they continue to support Gold Star Mother’s and family members.
Help on the Homefront
Walter Reed NMMC – Bethesda, Maryland
May 8, 2015
Maryland Chapter Gold Star Mother’s Mary Wiley, Janice Chance and Donna Robinson had the pleasure of assisting the Maryland Patriot Guard’s HOTH program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. HOTH is the Patriot Guard Riders, “Help on the Homefront” program and is primarily targeted at those Wounded Warriors who are recuperating / rehabilitating at Walter Reed. The Maryland Patriot Guard visit with the troops and their families on a regular basis. They donate handmade canes, as well as other items that are not readily available to the warriors and their families. It was a wonderful opportunity to support our troops and let them know that they are not forgotten and their sacrifice is not in vain. We look forward to helping at future events.
April 30, 2015
On Thursday April 30, 2015 Gold Star Mothers Janice Chance, Donna Robinson, Yvonne Green, Rosemarie Ceo and Theresa Mills were invited out to dinner by Scott and Lynn Mallary founders of the Truckin4Troops organization. They are dedicated to supporting and serving our wounded servicemen and woman by creating family functions and events. The Moms met the Mallarys’ on April 26, 2015 at the Operation Second Chance/ NPLB (No Person Left Behind) wounded warrior fundraiser event. Chase Savage, one of the wounded warriors that the Moms also met during the fundraiser, was our surprise guest. The Mallarys’ provided additional information about their organization and opportunities were explored for Maryland Chapter Moms to assist with serving our Heroes during special events whenever possible. Everyone had a wonderful time of fellowship and are looking forward to serving alongside of the Truckin4Troops team.
4th Annual Operation Second Chance / No Person Left Behind ( NPLB ) Fundraiser
April 26, 2015
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Donna Robinson, Yvonne Green, Theresa Mills, and Janice Chance attended the 4th Annual Operation Second Chance / No Person Left Behind (NPLB) Fundraiser event. The Funds will be used to provide services and support of wounded, injured and ill combat veterans and their families. The were pleasantly surprised to see an enlarged picture of their fallen Hero displayed. The pictures were hung from the ceiling throughout the event hall. It was truly a WOW moment. They had several opportunities to share about their children, the Gold Star Mothers organization’s mission and also were able to share about the volunteer service that Maryland Chapter members have been doing in support of veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Another WOW moment was meeting and spending time talking with wounded warriors Chase Savage and Adam Kissielewski. During the event they also met leaders from other organizations. Opportunities for Maryland Chapter members to serve during future events was also explored.
Aberdeen Proving Ground ” Wear Blue To Remember ” Kick Off 5 K meet
April 11, 2015
Gold Star moms Janice Chance, Donna Robinson, Michelle Murphy , Regina Barnhurst and the Murphy siblings participated in the Aberdeen Proving Ground ( APG) / Harford Community 5 k ” Wear Blue to Remember ” Kick off that was organized by MSG Robin Buns ( Ret) wife of APG CECOM CSM William Bruns . The Garrison commander APG CECOM MG Bruce Crawford, Mrs Dianne Crawford , CSM William Bruns and other members of the leadership team and APG family also participated in the 5 k . The purpose of the 5 K run / walk is to bring the military and members of the community together to remember Fallen Heroes, Active Duty service members and their families. It was a good turn out and we all had a great time. The meet will be held monthly on the 2nd Saturday. The Link to obtain additional information about the Wear Blue to Remember organization is as follows : www.wearbluerunforemember.org
Gold Star Wives Luncheon
Ft. Meade, Maryland
April 9, 2015
Pictured L/R: front row Patsy Jackson, Voncile Farmer, ( SOS Coordinators) Leanna Rahl (SOS Financial Counselor) Janice Chance, Mary Wiley; Back Row – Yvonne Green, Monicka Hagalid-Drag (Gold Star Wife) Donna Robinson
Gold Star moms attended a luncheon that was sponsored by the Fort Meade Survivor Outreach Services ( SOS) in honor of Gold Star Wives. Moms from the Maryland Chapter were honored, who were in attendance, to support and encourage the wives. One Gold Star Wife, Monika Hagalid-Drag, attended the luncheon. Her husband, Navy Cmdr. Matthew J. Drag, died on active duty in October 2012. Hearing Mrs Hagalid-Drag express her appreciation for the support that she received from the Gold Star moms and the SOS staff. The luncheon provided an atmosphere attending the luncheon helped her to feel connected to other family members and that she considered it a safe place where she did not have to explain herself. Giving brief remarks at the event were Pia Morales, mobilization and deployment manager for Army Community Service, and Military and Family Life counselors Binita Amin and Jaquisha Kearson.
Vietnam Veterans of American Baltimore Chapter Meeting
March 26, 2015
Pictured L /R: Al Payne, Lee Ann Doerflinger, Jim Gerrity, Janice Chance, Earl Garnett, Chris Konais; Kneeling In front of group is VVA President Roy Brown
Lee Ann Doerflinger and Janice Chance attended the meeting of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Baltimore Chapter 451. They received a warm welcome and were given the opportunity to share their ideas for honoring Fallen Heroes from the Vietnam War. Maryland Chapter moms are looking forward to working with the VVA chapter members during future special projects.
Capitol Hill and Afghanistan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani
March 24, 2015
Gold Star Mothers were invited by U.S. Representative Scott Rigell to hear their stories after the President of Afghanistan spoke before a joint session at the U.S. Capitol. Michelle Murphy, Lee Ann Doerflinger, Kelly Swanson, Terry Doen Campbell, Mona Gunn and Janice Chance also met with Mrs. Feldman, Danielle F. Feldman – Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Michael McKinley and U.S. Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.
Maryland Patriot Guard Fundraiser
March 21, 2015
On Tuesday March 10,2015 the Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Base (Aberdeen, MD) held it’s annual National Prayer Luncheon. In attendance were (left to right) Michelle Murphy, Yvonne J.Green and Donna Robinson along with (green jacket) General Crawford’s wife Dianna Crawford and (pink top) FIrst Lady Sharon Gilbert wife of the guest speaker Rev.Leroy Gilbert,Ph.D who delivered a timely message for all in attendance.
National Salute to Veterans Visit
February 28, 2015
Annually throughout the VA Medical Care System during the week of Valentine’s Day ” National Salute to Veterans” Patient’s Week is held to recognize and honor Veterans and I to promote Volunteerism at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics throughout the country. It is Timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, the National Salute observance connects the holiday’s sentiments of caring and sharing to expressing honor and appreciation to Veteran patient’s. This year the National Salute to Veterans week was held from February 9-15th. However, VSO’s are encouraged to visit anytime that they are available to honor and salute our Heroes. Six members of the Maryland Chapter Theresa Mills, Michelle Murphy, Regina Barnhurst, Mary Wiley, Elsheba Khan and Janice Chance were blessed to be able to visit with inpatients and their families on Saturday February 28th at the Baltimore VA Medical Center located on Greene Street. Once again it was truly an honor to spend time with, express our appreciation and Salute some of our nation’s Veteran Heroes. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the patients and their families was heartwarming. The patients, their family members and the staff expressed their thanks and we also received a few gentle hugs. WOW, another unforgettable experience.!!!
Theresa, Michelle, Regina, Mary, Elsheba and Janice with our cart of goodies and gifts
Theresa , Michelle, Regina , Mary , Janice and Elsheba with Vietnam Veteran Hero Mr. McCready US Army
Janice, Theresa, Michelle, Regina, Mary and Elsheba with Veteran Hero Mr. Michael Smith USMC
Michelle, Regina, Theresa, Mary, Janice and Elsheba with two Veteran Heroes Mr. Bobby & Rosie Thomas
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
January 21, 2015
Gold Star family members, other community organizations , and students from the local schools were invited to attend the Aberdeen Proving Ground Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. It was an Honor to attend this Wonderful Martin Luther King Jr..Celebration. The speaker Mr. Rodney Bullard Vice President of Community Affairs Chic Fil A and Executive Director Chic Fil A Foundation gave a very inspiring message. He also challenged everyone to seek opportunities to serve and be an ” Unexpected Hero” to someone in need. He stressed that we should always be seeking to help. Their organization has been leading the way and being a role model for other organizations. The Chic Fil A Foundation has been doing much to give back to the community especially in the area of education of our youth.