God Bless America and all who have fought to preserve our rights and privileges. NEVER will we forget your sacrifices, Always will we be vigilant in your absence.

What Memorial Day means to me as a Gold Star Mother

By —— Bio and Archives--May 30, 2016

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They say History repeats itself on all fronts of life and death,

That being said, my maternal great-grandmother and I share a generational-bond in the form of an atrocity, experiencing the tragic loss of a child by what is referred to as “THE FOG OF WAR”.

Birthdays, Holidays, especially Memorial Days are filled with the “bittersweet memories” each year as I grapple with my inherited place in time, knowing one of mine is now in spirit.

Gold Star families represent less than 1% of Americans, yet our loss represents “ALL AMERICANS”.  Our sons and daughters, husbands and wives served our country in uniform, giving up their today for our tomorrows natural born Liberties.

There is only one way to enter this “wounded families club” as fate calculates our memberships.

Mirrored by our fallen heroes before us, we see and feel no prejudice, only the colors reflections of the Red, White & Blue of “Old Glory” as she waves freely from our humble abodes.

As a Mother, the giver of LIFE, there is NO DEEPER, Penetrating Pain, than the loss of a child, no matter what age.

Each Memorial Day I am once again confronted with the VOID of my own personal hero, my Stellar Marine son, who gave over twelve years of service to our great nation.  My family and I will celebrate his sacred place within our hearts as he was truly the consummate patriot.

All across America we will celebrate this day filled with special tributes, parades, BBQ’s services to honor and recognize our fallen heroes and Veterans.

Often I am invited to speak and participate with the masses of fellow Veterans & Gold Star families, as we acknowledge the United States of America is the home of the free, because of the brave~

My Memorial Day always starting and ending in thoughts and prayer for all who have lost a part of themselves, in order to make our home a better place to live.

I pray for strength and thanksgiving for having raised such a contributing factor to our world, my world, as my beloved son was filled with promise, hope, valor, integrity, love and light for his fellow brother and country.

I pray for peace and healing in these current times, as well as the restoration of Justice in the months and year to follow.

This year Memorial Day takes on a more serious canvas as there is a “not so silent rage” emerging through the homes and streets of America.

Our Country is in deep trouble.  Our Liberties are being challenged and Constitution redefined, tyranny once taking place only on battlefields is now politically migrating into our neighborhoods.

Yet, each year, I am reminded that my son and his brothers in arms did not serve our country in contradiction, while our noble Veterans bear the scars, sights, sounds and smells of terror during conflict, that some in their worst nightmares could never imagine, simultaneously, Gold Star Families, with our empty arms and heavy hearts, represent the other side and consequence of war,

All coming together on this special day to celebrate the lives of those who are now a part of history, for they will NEVER be forgotten as they define the very fabric of America.

Many a tear will be shed by myself and fellow man, not for our blood family alone, yet, for all Americans and humanity as we are a uniquely free country and beacon of light on a global scale.

God Bless America and all who have fought to preserve our rights and privileges.  NEVER will we forget your sacrifices, Always will we be vigilant in your absence.

Gold Star Mother
Susan L Price
Mother of U.S. Marine
Gunnery Sgt Aaron M Kenefick, USMC

Aaron M. Kenefick

Date of birth: February 5, 1979
Date of death: September 8, 2009
Place of Birth: New York, Williamsville
Status: KIA


Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as an Staff Noncommissioned Officer Advisor-Mentor, 1st Kandak, 2d Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 8 September 2009. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick was a member of a combined Marine and Afghan patrol that led the way into Ganjgal village to visit with village elders. As the patrol entered the village it was ambushed. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick took cover near a retaining wall and returned fire. When the team leader directed his Marines and the Afghan soldiers to attack and seize the house from which they were receiving fire, Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick boldly led the Afghan soldiers forward under fire and cleared the house. The enemy then attempted to encircle the team’s position while subjecting the team to a hail of machine gun and rocket fire. Despite being pinned down, Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick returned fire and called in supporting artillery and mortar fire before falling mortally wounded. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick fought with bravery and determination while demonstrating unwavering courage in the face of the enemy. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions and exceptional dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick is authorized the Combat “V”.)

Action Date: September 8, 2009
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
Company: Embedded Training Team 2-8

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Susan L. Price is a Marine Gold Star Mother and national voice for justice. She will soon begin lecturing and information on her upcoming launch can be found at her web site: priceforjustice.com

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