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Celebrating Mother's Day With A Child In Iraq

(WCCO) Scandia, Minn This Sunday is a day to honor mothers, but for one Minnesota mom, it will be a day full of anticipation, like so many other days

This is the season Annette Gilbertson typically spends with her middle daughter Melisa, tending to the plants on their family's Scandia, Minn farm

This year, Annette's daughter Melisa is a 1st Lieutenant in the Minnesota National Guard, currently serving in Iraq, tending to families overseas

"They go into those clinics without any armor or any weapons, so that they've gained the trust of the Iraqi women," said Annette

Melisa has been overseas since last March, but keeps her family updated with photos, e-mails and phone calls The family posts updates they receive from Melisa on their farm's Web site

"She's there, I'm here I'm hopeful she'll maybe be able to give me a phone call," said Annette

Annette is grateful to be able to spend the holiday with her two other children, and even more thankful for the opportunities Soldiers like her own daughter are providing to other families

"They've done a lot of good things for them They've opened schools They've built the irrigation system

They have adopted our Minnesota 'Adopt a Highway' program," said Annett For now, Annette is deferring her true Mother's Day celebration until September, when all of her children will be within reach

"I can't wait to get my arms around her and not let her go," said Annette, adding the women of the Blue Star Mothers are a significant source of strength

WCCO
May 13, 2007
Article source, video and photo: wcco.com



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