When asked to write a poem to be engraved on the Monument for the Gold Star Mothers (a Mother who lost a child in the military) of Clermont County, I became even more aware of how thankful I am not to have lost a child – one of the most difficult things a parent must ever have to experience. The Monument which was unveiled the day before Mothers Day, 2010, has a shortened version of the poem below. These words are written, from my heart.
The Gold Star Mother
The Gold Star Mother is a mother who
Once had a star, the star was blue
Until the day a knock at the door
Changed her world forevermore.
She’ll never forget that painful day
A piece of her heart was torn away
She’ll always remember the sacrifice
Yes, her child has paid the ultimate price.
She remembers the day she heard her child say
“I want to serve my country” some day
Now pictures and medals are reminders to all
Of her Fallen Hero who answered the call.
If her child could say just one more thing
I’m sure it would be, “Mom, let your heart sing.
I served my country, and I served with pride
I’m now here with God, and we’re by your side.”
Sandi Estridge Eucks © 3/12/10