BUSCH: Team Rensi plans for Mother's Day at Loudon

Team Rensi Motorsports and the United States Marine Corps to honor Mothers at New Hampshire International Raceway. (Mooresville, NC) -- Bobby Hamilton, Jr., driver of the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus, Team Rensi Motorsports and the United ...

Team Rensi Motorsports and the United States Marine Corps to honor Mothers at New Hampshire International Raceway.

(Mooresville, NC) -- Bobby Hamilton, Jr., driver of the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus, Team Rensi Motorsports and the United States Marine Corps will honor all the moms of America on Saturday, May 11, 2002, at the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Raceway.

To honor the special day, which occurs the day before Mother's Day, local Marines from the Portsmouth, NH, Recruiting Command will hand out 1,000 red carnations, donated by Team Rensi Motorsports, to mothers in attendance. Along with the carnation will be a unity lapel pin of the Blue Star Service Flag to honor all of the men and women who are making sacrifices to protect their country, as well as their mothers, who are unable to celebrate the special day with their loved ones.

The Blue Star Service flag, which was originated in the early 1900's, is the symbol for a loved one serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities the United States may be engaged in for the duration of such hostilities. The custom of displaying the flag in the front window of the home became widespread during WWII.

Major Rob Winchester, USMC Recruiting Command Headquarters, Quantico, VA, feels that it is important to not only keep our Marines in our thoughts and prayers, but their mothers as well.

"The United States Marine Corps thinks it is only appropriate to honor the mothers who also make huge sacrifices for our country on Mother's Day. And what better way to do that than at an event of this magnitude and in front of a nationwide audience. We want every mother out there to know that they are appreciated."

Members of the Blue Star Mothers of America are being honored symbolically as representatives of all mothers of United States military personnel and will attend the race as special guests of Team Rensi Motorsports and the United States Marine Corps. The Blue Star Mothers of America, founded in 1942, is a service organization whose purpose is to unite all mothers who have sons and daughters in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, into a permanent organization.

For Ed and Sam Rensi, owners of Team Rensi Motorsports, working with the Blue Star Mothers of America has a special meaning. Their father was the Legion Post Commander in Hopedale, OH after World War II and often worked closely with the organization. Sam Rensi remembers taking part in the memorial parades as well as playing "Taps" on the trumpet at many of the memorial services of fallen veterans.

The Rensi's also feel that it's especially important to celebrate the meaning of family after the events of the past year.

"The two of us believe that the Blue Star Mothers of America is a great service organization dedicated to family support of the United States military personnel and their families during these troubling times considering the reality terrorism," said Ed Rensi. "We feel that it is important that all United States citizens support the families of active duty Marines and we are proud to have a part in doing that."

-trm-

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