Blue Star Families attended the Center for National Policy’s (CNP) 2009 Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award Reception and Dinner this past week. In fact, CNP gave us our own Blue Star Families table at the event! I was there with my husband, along with Rosemary Frietas Williams and her husband, and Blue Star Families members Christina Velarde and Susan K. Fallon. Christina took some great pictures, and Susan was such a delight. We were among many distinguished guests – Senators and Congressmen, military leaders, and families of the victims of 9/11.
CNP honored Senator Dianne Feinstein and General James Mattis, U.S. Joint Forces Command, for their unwavering dedication to sound strategic policy for the betterment of the nation. Tim Roemer, CNP President, opened with a spirited speech about the history of the Edmund S. Muskie Awards, CNP, and honored the families of the 9/11 victims. He also honored Blue Star Families and mentioned the importance of honoring service members as well as their families, these military families who hold it together while our warriors protect this great nation. This came as an unexpected and pleasant surprise!
Thereafter, the awards were presented. The first award went to General Mattis, who touched on key military strategies and honored the families of the 9/11 fallen. Apparently, he visited Walter Reed fairly often, during the time that my husband was there, so they knew each other. Sen. Feinstein accepted her award and spoke about decreasing the world’s nuclear arms to make our country a safer place. She is also very dedicated to our troops and wounded warriors.
During the awards presentations and the speeches, we consumed a delicious dinner, dessert, coffee, and after the ceremony, Mr. Roemer mentioned Blue Star Families again! In closing, he thanked Blue Star Families for our diligence and dedication to military families. All in all, it was a great event. I am thankful that CNP invited Blue Star Families and look forward to future collaborations.