The Meaning of Memorial Day

A Gold Star family needs your help

May 18, 2018

How do you keep the memory of a loved one alive after they are gone?

The Kelley family from Scituate MA has had to answer that very question.

Sgt. Michael Kelley, was Killed In Action on June 8, 2005 in Afghanistan.

In 2011, the Mass. Army National Guard dedicated a school in the mountains of Afghanistan in Michaels name. It just so happens that it was the same school, I visited earlier in 2011, while it was under contruction. The Kelley family has taken on the mission of helping to maintain that school, and support the now 600 students who attend, including 140 girls. They do it, to keep the memory of Michael alive, and to hopefully achieve peace through education. But, a mission like this requires help. So, if you are looking for a way to support a Gold Star family this Memorial Day, here you go. Please click HERE, and make a donation to the Kelley family fund raiser, to repair the roof on the Sgt. Michael Kelley School in Afghanistan.

Below, you can look at some of the construction pictures that we took during "AAF to Afghanistan" in September 2011, and pictures of some of the kids that attend the school from the villiage.

Also, a video, and you can listen to Episode 21 of Mistress Carrie's Side Piece Podcast that features Michaels father Joe, and his sister Colleen. In this episode, Joe and Colleen talk about what it's like to become a Gold Star family, the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and how they are keeping his memory and legacy alive.

This fundraising effort means the world to me, and I would love to help the Kelley family reach their goal, so if you can, please donate.