CHEEKTOWAGA (WKBW) Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor those killed while serving our country. And few know that reality more than Georgian Davis and Marleen Janieszeski, members of the Gold Star Mothers, whose sons lost their lives while serving in the military.
"We Gold Star Mothers do wear, and use, and display our children's pictures. To honor him and his service, to honor veterans, to let them know that we're here for you, to continue their service and that oath that our children took to serve this country," Davis said.
"Every holiday is hard, but each year it gets easier because of the Gold Star Mothers. We back each other up and they're there to give you a hand," Janieszeski added.
Janieszeski's son Philip was killed in Afghanistan. Davis lost her son while he was aboard a Navy ship near Cuba. Tragedies brought the women together, and they now preach a message of thanks.
"It's not necessarily about barbeques or sales. The meaning is of service, or remembrance, of honor, of our military," Davis said.
And though years have passed for both women since the death of their sons, the emotions remain very real especially on a day like Memorial Day.
"I thank my son, I say I love him, and I'll see you sometime, when it's time," Janieszeski said through teary eyes.
The Gold Star Mothers group goes to funerals and services for fallen troops. The group also provides counseling and programs for veterans returning home.
For more information, head to their website - http://www.goldstarmoms.com/