I have the honor of speaking assisting at special benefit pancake breakfast this Saturday morning sponsored by area Gold Star Mothers.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Applebee’s at 6069 N. Antioch Road in Gladstone will serve pancakes, sausage and orange juice for $6, with profits going to Wreaths Across America.

 I have the honor of speaking assisting at special benefit pancake breakfast this Saturday morning sponsored by area Gold Star Mothers.
From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Applebee’s at 6069 N. Antioch Road in Gladstone will serve pancakes, sausage and orange juice for $6, with profits going to Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to remember honor and teach. It’s been gathering and laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery since 1992 and now has expanded to hundreds of veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.
The Gold Star Mothers are mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the military and are keeping their sacrifice and memory alive. It is an organization that mothers wish they were not members but are proud that they are.
.Gladstone resident Joyce-Bussinger Turner, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son, Shaun, a 32-year-old Army sergeant in the 101st Airborne, on July 10, 2010 in Afghanistan, is heading up the pancake breakfast.
“Shaun went into the Army when he was 19. He was on his third deployment – two tours of duty in Iraq – and was in Afghanistan only 10 days at the Kuna outpost near Kandahar when it was attached and he was killed,” she sadly recalls.
Another Gold Star Mother assisting Joyce is Shirley Hemmingway, whose son was among 125 Pentagon employees killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
The Kansas City area does not have a Gold Star Mothers chapter, so mothers of Missouri usually belong to the Northeast Kansas Chapter, which meets at the VFW at 75th and Metcalf.
I will be reciting some of my patriotic poems, including “Stars In My Window,” a tribute to the Gold Star Mothers and all families who have loved ones in the military.
If you cannot make the pancake breakfast and you wish to aid in the cause contact Wreathsacrossamerica.org.
The Gold Star Mothers’ tradition has lived on since World War I, and one of its 11 major goals is to perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in wars.
It should be the goal of all America.
I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.

Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at www.Jerryplantz.com. Reach him at jerryplantz@msn.com.