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Carolyn Llewellyn (center), the mother of twin boys in the Navy, was honored by the John Franklin Shain VFW Post 2313 on Friday.

Carolyn Llewellyn was honored by the John Franklin Shain VFW Post 2313 in Hawthorne on Friday as a Blue Star mother.

Carolyn is the mother of twin boys: John Jr. and Benjamin Llewellyn who are actively serving in the U.S. Navy.

The service banner presented to Carolyn holds two stars for both John Jr. and Benjamin as the blue star represents that each family member is serving during any period of war or hostilities in the Armed Forces.

In January 1942, U.S. Army Capt. George Maines brought forth the idea for Blue Star Mothers. In a newspaper article in Flint, Mich. he wrote requesting information regarding children who were actively serving in the military. Over 1,000 mothers responded to Maines article. On Feb. 1, 1942, the first meeting was held and 600 mothers organized the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

Chapters soon formed all over the united states.

The original purpose of the Blue Star Mothers’ was to bring their sons home, make sure they received benefits they deserved, help other members’ families and each other. As the years progressed, these dedicated mothers would broaden their efforts by helping with rehabilitation, hospital work, children’s welfare and civil defense.

Today, these mothers continue to help with efforts such as their predecessors but they also help with emotional support of members, active military troop adoption, volunteer work with veterans and fostering a sense of patriotism and respect for the United States Armed Forces.

Carolyn proudly received her Blue Star Mother Flag in honor of sons: E5 John Llewellyn, Jr. who is a military police officer stationed in North Island Coronado, Calif. and E6 Benjamin Llewellyn who is an aviation ordnanceman on the USS John C. Stennis located out of Bremerton, Wash.

Receiving the flag with Carolyn was John Llewellyn, Sr. and Carli and Dani, daughters of John Jr. as well as Barbara Edington and John Stroud, both of VFW Post 2313.