A Blue Star Mother’s Thoughts: Rest in PEACE?

by Doug

moms on a mission

Blue Star Moms & friends honoring the troops

The following was written by Johanne Duchesne. She is a brand new member of the Blue Star Mothers of NH and attended this past weekend’s Gathering of Mothers in Concord in support of the troops in the face of the demonstrating antiwar protesters.

This word PEACE seems to have many meanings these days. 

When one hears, “Rest in Peace” you would think that it is something being wished to someone who has passed away – wishing them an eternal rest, in PEACE. 

But, then you have these “PEACE” activists who in their efforts to make a point about the casualties of war have stripped our soldiers of their dignity and of their eternal rest in PEACE.  I am referring to a recent demonstration on the front walk of our State Capitol on March 15th.  A Peace Activist group without permission from the families of our fallen soldiers saw fit to attach their names to pairs of boots and placed them in the walk to the front steps of the Capitol. 

As a member of the Blue Star Mothers organization, I was there with other Blue Star Mothers, including two Gold Star Mothers and veterans in a show of support for our troops.  The Activist’s demonstration caused the Gold Star Mothers much distress and anguish.  One Mom in her grief ripped the tag from the boots and the other took the boots with her son’s name and carried them with her as we walked. 

We were told that if the Mothers did not want the names of their sons or daughters included in their demonstrations that they would have to contact the organizer to have the names removed.  By what right do these people have to use these names anyway?  Oh yes, I guess that would fall under our right to free speech –which by the way is one of the privileges as Americans that our troops have fought and so many have lost their lives to defend.  Ironic, isn’t it? 

Johanne’s son, Jonathan, enlisted into the Army in 1999 and served 3 years with the 82nd Airborne.  He is now in civil service as a patrolman with the Manchester Police Department.

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Antiwar peaceniks dishonoring their memory (GG file photo)


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  • When I see a protest I smile and remember this.
    It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
    who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
    who has given us freedom of the press.
    It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
    who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
    who has given us freedom to assemble.
    It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
    who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
    who has given us the right to vote.
    It is the VETERAN,
    who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag.

  • judy paris

    What do you expect from hippies, those stoners or acid trippers, or those who were raised by hippies who were no doubt dropped on their heads while their parents were tripping and neglecting them?
    They are a disgrace to America and our honorable troops. They can’t even come up with an original idea for their cause using empty shoes while being told many times that their display dishonorably encroaches on the sacred military tradition to show respect for those who have fallen.
    God bless our glorious troops and keep them safe.

  • Rhonda Rollins

    I am a Gold Star Mother…Proud Mother of SPC Justin A. Rollins, KIA 03/05/07
    Justin would be so angry that his name was on a pair of those boots. He chose to do what he did for all of us in this beautiful country. He could have been a Recruiter and taken the easy way out of war, but was Proud to be an American! Justin chose to go to Iraq with the men he trained with. He never complained once, the entire time he was stationed in Samarra, Iraq. My son is a Hero, he died with honor, and I do not want that honor disgraced with his name on a pair of boots in a peace demonstration. RIP My Beautiful Airborne Angel…
    Rhonda Rollins

  • God Bless you, Rhonda. Your son is among America’s most honorable and will always be revered as such by many of us, who stand in awe of what your son and many others have given, that we may be free. Please, please know that those cold, callous antiwar peaceniks that would dishonor Justin’s memory do NOT represent most of the people that I know…

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