Ed. Note: Today (Tuesday) is the 240th Anniversary of the Marines. (Thank you for your service, Daddy! Thank you thank you to all our Marines.)
Sometimes you just know that a person’s meant to enter your life. I felt that way on Sunday morning when, driving home from my holy hour at 5:00, I heard an interview on AM 1280 The Patriot with a woman named Patricia Boyd Peerson.
Talk about one person making a difference! I emailed her directly when I got home, asking if I could share her story.
Patricia is the beautiful heart behind the MN Fallen Heroes Calendar, which honors (in her words) “some mother’s son 365 days a year.”
“I am a double Blue Star mother, and until I started the calendar,I didn’t have much of a connection to our military even though I had kids in the Army. It was after 9/11 and honoring our fallen that I have become an advocate for our military.
It’s pretty much my life now. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think or do something regarding our military. I try to live by the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt and think we all should. ‘Lest I keep my complacent way, I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I must ask myself and must answer, WAS I WORTH DYING FOR?’
I try to live my life to be worthy of what our soldiers died for and also the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.”
I asked her to tell me how the calendar came to be and she told me, “It was very poignant.”
“I was visiting the Fort Snelling Cemetery every Sunday after chapel to honor Tom Burnett Jr from Flight 93, 9/11. Soon I started noticing very decorated graves of our recently fallen and started meeting their moms. Every mom was worried that their son’s sacrifice would be forgotten.
Every mom was worried that their son’s sacrifice would be forgotten.
“One Sunday, after hearing the mother’s profoundly sad story about her ‘knock on the door’, she had the same concern and as she was sobbing in my arms, I promised her I’d find another way for people to remember her son and all the others.
“God gave me the idea for the calendar, so now some mother’s son is remembered 365 days a year. What a life-changing journey it has been.”
And so with Thursday being “Give to the Max” day in Minnesota, I thought you might like to consider this noble, beautiful effort by one beautiful and very noble mom. They are $10 plus shipping and can be purchased here.
Note: All of the proceeds from this calendar go to the Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization supporting Minnesota servicemen and women returning from deployments around the world.
Also, Patricia loves to speak at events honoring the military. She can be reached at 651-699-6536. The MN Fallen Heroes calendar also has its own Facebook page, which may be found here.
Please keep our servicemen and women in your prayers! Thank them today, thank them tomorrow, and may we all live a life worthy of their sacrifices.