Good Evening All,
This is a special prayer request and a beautiful story that began with a terrible loss by a grieving Mother after the death of her Son in Vietnam. It is a short story that I know you will all want to read and perhaps reach out to Mrs. Emogene Cupp, American Gold Star Mothers. You will see the details as you read just a little further. A side story that is also inspiring and beautiful in itself, is that of ” A Band Of Brothers ” (and Duster Buddies) NDQSA, and what they have done. This was brought to my attention by a good Friend, Al Hansen ( a Duster Buddy ), Member of the Retreat Team and Prayer Group. I had heard of American Gold Star Mothers but was not aware of who and what they were. Please google them when you have a moment.
I will be sending Mrs. Cupp, a Birthday Card, she has honored all Veterans. Please read the following.
Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
Subject: Fwd: Gold Star Mothers Birthday
Joe and my DUSTER BUDDIES have been very supportive of Gold Star Mothers over the years. As a result of a Gold Star Mother mentioning to Joe that she and other Gold Star Mothers had often talked about visiting areas in Viet Nam where their sons had fought.
As a result, NDQSA, our band of brothers, set up and funded a program that facilitated quite a number of Gold Star Mother trips to Viet Nam – I believe seven. NDQSA created a program funded by our membership that covered all transportation, lodging and meals for any Gold Star Mother and a companion who expressed an interest in going. Members of our association and their wives, at their own expense, also volunteered to escort our guest Gold Star Mothers.
Over the last few years OUR MOTHERS, due to advanced age, have difficulty in traveling. Never the less, they are still in our hearts.
Please help us out by saluting Mother Emogene Cupp’s 99th Birthday!
We would appreciate if you would be so kind as to send Mother Imogene a card, as well as pass this message on.
Joe, Our Brothers and I thank you,
From: Joseph Belardo
Subject: Gold Star Mothers Emogene Cupp’s Birthday
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am asking all of you for a Giant Favor.
An American Gold Star Mother and a very personal friend of mine
and all veterans will be celebrating her 99th birthday on January 20th.
Please mail her a birthday card.
Emogene Cupp is the oldest past president of the American Gold Star Mothers. She was the Gold Star Mother who appeared before congress and persuaded them to approve and pass the bill for the construction of the Vietnam Memorial WALL. Her son, Cpl. Robert W. Cupp, was killed by a booby trap in Vietnam. He was laid to rest on his 21st birthday, June 17, in his family’s plot in Alexandria, Va. Her Daughter Sue sent me the following email.
Mom will turn 99 years old on January 20th and due to her failing health, I do not plan to give her a birthday party. I thought I would give her a “Card Party”. She loves to receive cards and I know it would make her happy to receive a birthday card from all of you. Please feel free to pass this info to anyone you think would like to help her celebrate her 99th birthday by sending her a birthday card.
Please mail her a birthday card to:
Ms. Emogene Cupp
216 Lynn Drive
Stephens City, VA 22655
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