Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

“We had a blast, just a great time,” Hansen said. “The one thing I was concerned about being a Gold Star mom it was hard to be around people talking about their kids. But the ladies let me tell my story and they shared theirs. They changed my attitude; I can listen to other people now when they talk about their kids.

“It felt good to be around Blue Star moms (those whose sons and daughters have returned safely). To me that is honoring my son. He would want me to honor him by listening to their stories and to have fun. That honors him and his brothers and sisters in arms.”

 Full circle

For Paula Lowry of Georgia, the Beach Blast has been something of an arc.

A “newbie” five years ago when she was a co-founder of the Semper Fi Sisters, then a dozen or so Marine moms, formed around the commonality of sons and daughters deployed to a war zone.

Now, a vice-president of the organization, Lowry, as with several of this week’s Beach Blast attendees, could be considered a “veteran” of the home front.

As her son has completed his tour of duty and come home, she has also graduated.

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