Rhode Island officially marks Blue Star Parent's Day

Rhode Island officially marked Blue Star Parent’s Day Sunday. (WJAR)

Rhode Island officially marked Blue Star Parent's Day Sunday.

The day recognizes parents who have a son or daughter serving in the Armed Forces.

"We're all family, we share that one thing, our children have made the decision to serve our country," said Ann Enos of the Rhode Island Blue Star Moms, the organization that pushed for the legislation to officially mark the Sunday after Mother's Day as Blue Star Parent's Day in Rhode Island.

Then Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the measure into law in 2014.

"It's special because it recognizes that the families also serve," said Blue Star Mom Patricia Casey.

Blue Star Moms is a national organization that is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Rhode Island this year.

The group is dedicated to helping military and veterans causes throughout the state.

"Brings the whole military family together in a way of supporting and giving back to those who are serving," said Blue Star Mom Cindy Gaccione.

Their visibility at various events also raises awareness about who they are and what they do, which is to support their children and each other.

Blue Star Moms meets the second Tuesday of every month.

The organization has about fifty active members right now and welcomes those who are in the same situation to join them.

"Unless you have a child that's going out onto the battlefield no one's going to understand like we do, so we're here," said Blue Star Mom Joan Fontaine.

For more information visit their website.

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