The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce honored the lives of military families by hosting a Hero’s Lunch on July 2. Attendees expressed patriotism by wearing red, white and blue, while networking over what Chamber President Sparky Nolan called “Kingwood’s longest hero sandwich.” “The Fourth of July is the greatest day in the world,” said Nolan. “There are so many things in our lives we take for granted and every day my heart is with the men and women who risk their lives for our freedom. They are the real heroes of this war.” In attendance were U.S. Army Specialist John White, who recently returned home after spending 30 months deployed in Iraq, Congressman Ted Poe and Judge Lynn Bradshaw-Hull. Poe said he couldn’t express enough his gratitude for those serving in the military and said he keeps photos of fallen soldiers from the 2nd Congressional District in his offices throughout the country, “as a constant reminder that it takes the lives our youngest folks to protect our liberty.” Also in attendance were members of the Houston chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonprofit organization open to families who have, or have had, members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The group offers support for those with loved ones serving in the military, regardless of branch, as well as sending car boxes to those deployed overseas. “We are just a big hug for our military family,” said Nancy Foisner, who stressed the importance of networking while coping with family members who are currently deployed. “They don’t need to feel alone,” she said. “If you or anyone you know has a loved one in the military, let them know we are here.” The Houston chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at Homewood Suites in Kingwood. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.bsmhoustonarea.org Photo: Kingwood Chamber of Commerce salutes the troops with a special Hero’s Lunch on July 2. In attendance were members of the Blue Star Moms and U.S. Army Specialist John White. From left are: Diane Rieves, Nancy Foisner, John White, Christine White and Maureen Searway. Photo by Luisa Hart

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