Events

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting

Today, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520 in Colonie


Gold Star Mom's Luncheon

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 12:30 pm
Place: Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion
Cost: $15 per person
Contacts Peggy Snyder 755-7520 or Joan LaDuke 221-4802


Veteran's Law Day

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Place: Albany Law School
Cost: FREE
The resource fair is an opportunity to provide veterans and current service members with information and resources relevant to their financial, legal, educational, health, military, and other needs. Click here for more information.


Capital District NY2 Blue Star Mothers Events


Holiday Troop Drive

2013 Holiday Troop Drive

Holiday Troop Drive

Colonie Center


grave stones with flags and carnations

2013 Freedom Walk

View pictures from our 5th Freedom Walk on September 11 at the Crossings in Colonie


Altamont Fair

BSM Bonnie Perry at Blue Star Mothers table at Altamont Fair

Photo courtesy of Cecilia Tkaczyk (NY Senator)


grave stones with flags and carnations

Laying Carnations at Saratoga National Cemetery

Saturday May 25, 2013
Volunteers placed more than 10,000 flags on gravesites of veterans. Blue Star Mothers placed carnations on the gravesites of spouses.


Blue Star Families Day

Blue Star Mothers in the NYS Assembly with Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) welcomed members from the New York chapters of Blue Star Mothers of America to the Capitol in Albany to recognize the outstanding work they do for our military families and join with him in memorializing May 13, 2013, as Blue Star Familiesí Day in New York. Read more


Yellow Ribbon Day

Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, April 12, 2013

Navy Cmdr. Vincent Perry son of Blue Star Mother, Bonnie Perry was the keynote speaker.

Support Our Troops Yellow RibbonCmdr. Vincent Perry, Jr., Jim Tedisco, Bonnie Perry and Vincet Perry, Sr. Blue Star Mothers Karen Curtis, Janet Moran, Max Thorton

Bonnie Perry, Cmdr. Vincent Perry, Jr., Jim Tedisco, Vincent Perry, Sr.

Karen Curtis, Cmdr. Vincent Perry, Jr., Bonnie Perry, Janet Moran, Max Thorton



Wreath Laying at the Saratoga National Cemetery

Headstones with wreaths at Saratoga National Cemetery

Veteran's Day Parade, November 12, 2012

Blue Star Mothers marching in Veteran's Day Parade
Blue Star Moms Vereran's Day Parade



Guardian House Donation

Janet Moran presenting check to Guardian House

On Saturday February 11, 2012 Peggy Snyder, Deb Bostic and myself took the $750 donation from the hardship fund to the Guardian House.  I’m not sure what I expected a homeless women Veteran’s shelter to look like but I was very impressed by this shelter.  It is a 250 year old house that has been brought up to code while preserving the “bones “of the house.  It is set on about 4 acres of land in the town of Ballston Spa.   It is a very homey welcoming house.  One resident that acted as our guide showed us around the house.  She proudly showed us the improvements that had been made and told us about plans for the future.  She is a Navy Vet with bi polar and depression issues.  She was very proud she is soon going to graduate from 4 Winds (a Saratoga based psychiatric center) and plans on getting on with her life in a positive way.  Residents must contribute up to $250 of their income in support of the house and are assigned 3 hours a week of a volunteer activity that supports the house e.g. shoveling snow.  These women are given job counseling to help them secure meaningful, long term employment.  They are given counseling on life skills e.g.  budget issues, relationship building/repairing and living an independent life.

 The Guardian House opened in October of 2011 so all the women housed there are the original occupants.  Budd the Executive Director of SCRPC (Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company, Inc.) programs told us about the male homeless Veterans house located in Ballston Spa that has been opened for 12 years.  There average stay is 9 months with an 86% success rate. 

I’m excited BSM were able to contribute to this wonderful house in support of homeless women Veterans.  If you have a Veterans support activity in your area please let BSM know so we can hopefully support it. 


Prattsville Fire Department Donation

Keeran presenting check to Prattsville Fire Department

Front Row: Keeran, Brett Olson, Frank Cangelosi, Nicole Osborn, Sam Rikard Back Row: Joel Sutch, Tom Olsen (Chief), Jim Dymond (Assistant Chief), Robert Murray, Steve Haight, Scott Doherty, Randy Brainerd St., Curtis Martin.

Peggy, Keeran, Karen Ferris-Fernside and I delivered our BSM donation to the Prattsville Fire Department on February 5, 2012. We arrived just in time to see the fire engines leaving to fight a fire. Peggy quickly handed the check to one of the fireman. After a short time we learned they were leaving a fireman at the fire house, as we were talking to him we heard the volunteers would be coming back soon. Tom Olsen the Fire Chief was then present to accept our check. The fire department was most appreciative of our donation. The fire house was flooded with 3 feet of water and you could still see the damage. Tom explained they were still waiting for a check from their insurance company and word from building inspectors. The fire department has equipment to replace and repairs need to be made to their fire house. We were impressed with the damage to the town of Prattsville and the work that is still needed to be done to make houses habitable.