For years, Betty Jane Lane, co-founder of the Lake Elsinore, California, chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, thought she was the end of an era of patriotic service. “I thought I was the last one left,” said Lane, now 90.
The Blue Star Mothers of America was formed to provide support for mothers who had sons and daughters in active service. The Lake Elsinore chapter volunteered at local veterans hospitals and veterans groups.
The push to bring back the chapter gained momentum after the Lake Elsinore City Council honored the Blue Star families and Lane. Lane attended the inaugural meeting of the new Blue Star Mothers chapter, giving the new group of mothers a good history lesson and encouragement.
From a story by Aaron Burgin in the Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California.