"He grew up more in the past few months in the Marines then most kids do in five years,' said Ward.
George Ward will receive a 10-day leave before he is deployed in the fall. His mother already has a Blue Star banner hanging in her window and a Blue Star sticker for her car.
"Nobody likes the war, but we need to put our political beliefs aside and support the troops," said Ward.
Ward said driving by the Four Corners in Delmar on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. can be especially difficult for her and other Blue Star Mothers. That is when Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, an anti-war group, gathers to protest the war in Iraq.
"It is very difficult for me to drive by and not say anything," said Ward.
"They think they are supporting the troops, but the negative publicity actually harms them," Ward said.
The first official chapter meeting of the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers will be held Monday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post at 16 W. Poplar Drive, Delmar. One item up for discussion will be marching in the Bethlehem Memorial Day parade in the spring.
For information, write to Capital Region 2 Blue Star Mothers of America, P.O. Box 243, Delmar, 12054.""