Tears were shed at the Mother’s Day ceremony at the Houston National Cemetery, where about 50 people paid tribute to a dozen Houston-area mothers whose children died while serving their country.
The women each lost one or more children who were serving in the military, one as recent as two weeks ago and another during World World II.
“It’s the sacrifice and honor we owe them,” said Margarito “Gunny” Vasquez, commander of the Disabled American Veterans’ San Jacinto Chapter 1, who organized the event. “They kept our freedom alive.”
Brigadier General Henry Ostermann, a native Texan and father of six who serves as deputy commander of the 90th Regional Readiness Command, was the keynote speaker.
Vasquez, a retired Marine, said the mothers deserve help in keeping alive the memories of their children.
The pain of losing a child will never go away, he said, “but at least they know that they’re not forgotten.”
“Remembrance: Mary Denton, right, begins to weep beside Luella Bolding, of Manvel, as a dozen Houston-area mothers who lost children serving in the U.S. military were honored during a special Mother’s Day service Sunday at the Houston National Cemetery. Denton lost four of her eight sons during military service, while Bolding lost her son, Lance Cpl. Todd Bolding, in Iraq in 2004.”
Mrs. Bolding works at NASA, as does my sister. When Todd was killed, my sister sent us an email about it. I just happen to have a picture of Todd’s headstone that Bethany took July 2, 2004, when we were at the cemetery taking pictures for a July 4 presentation at church. The headstone to the left is Scott Larson. Beth and I went to that funeral in April 2004.