Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Tuesday

July 2, 2013

Heroes honored at Cherry Festival

(Continued)

Organizers predicted that 1,000 medals would be passed out Monday, many to veterans visiting from out of town.

Several area Blue Star Moms — moms and stepmoms of those serving in the active military — also played a part in Monday’s events. They were to read names of their sons or daughters during a brief intermission following a performance of the Northwestern Michigan College Community Concert Band and the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus.

“A lot of times people don’t understand military families and the stress they go through,” said Sue Raven, founder of the state’s northernmost Blue Star Moms chapter. “All my friends here are very supportive.”

Raven’s son, Paul, has served as a Special Forces medic in Afghanistan since the first of the year.

The moms gathered together at the Open Space prior to the ceremony. Beth Nussdorfer of Traverse City said recognition of the group isn’t so important.

“I am more proud they’re honoring the soldiers,” said Nussdorfer, whose son, Nick, an Army captain, isn’t currently deployed, after he served two tours in Afghanistan and Baghdad.

Text Only

Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot