Mothers—where would we be without them? Where would Soldiers’ Angels be without ours?
On this day that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society, Soldiers’ Angels salutes its very own “Angel Mom,” Patti Patton-Bader.
Soldiers’ Angels was founded by Patti, a self-described “ordinary mother” of two American soldiers. Her son Brandon was deployed to Iraq in 2003 when he expressed concern that some soldiers in his unit did not receive any mail or support from home. Being a loving and caring mother, Patti decided not to allow a situation like that to continue. She quickly contacted a handful of friends and extended family and asked if they would support a soldier or two. Within just a few months, Soldiers' Angels went from a mother sending a few extra care packages and letters, to an Internet community with thousands of Angels worldwide, and became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2004.
This Angel salute extends to a large group of mothers across the globe: Gold Star Moms, Blue Star Moms, deployed moms, Blue Star Families, Angels who are moms, sponsors/donors who are moms and moms in combat hospitals around the world caring for our wounded heroes... the list goes on.
In the United States, Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (famous for writing the words to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"). Then Anna Jarvis held a ceremony in 1907 in Grafton, West Virginia, to honor her mother, who had died two years earlier. She then began a campaign to create a national holiday honoring mothers. Jarvis and her supporters wrote to ministers, businessmen and politicians, and were finally successful in their efforts. In 1914, President Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother's Day.
Where would we be without moms? Certainly a lot of good things of this world would be missing!
Have a great Mother’s Day! You too, Mom: Hau'oli La Makuahine.(and Sandi H. Too!)