Excitement showed on the over 150 kids’ faces last Sunday as local military families enjoyed a sleigh full of fun at Lake Stevens High School.
Hosted by American Legion Post 181 Women’s Auxiliary, the party included games, goodies and of course, a visit from Santa himself.
Moms and kids enjoyed face painting, cookie decorating and pictures with Santa.
“This is such a nice party,” one mom said. “It’s been such a great day for the kids.”
Donations of time and money from Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, American Legion Post 181 and LSHS Key Club made the event an extra special one for kids who are waiting for their parents to arrive home on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Veterans from American Legion Post 181, our local post, were also on hand with special Blue Star flags made from paper, for families whose father or mother is serving their country aboard the Lincoln. They were also given a Certificate of Honor. Eighty local families received these special awards.
The Blue Star is a small white flag, bordered in red, with either a blue or gold star in the middle and gold fringe on the bottom. They are usually hung from the window since they are smaller than normal flags. These are known as the Blue Star, War Mother’s, or Service Flag. They are hung to signify that this family has an immediate family member serving in the military.
The USS Lincoln is one of three ships of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. The carrier deployed from Naval Station Everett in September and carries over 5,000 men and women.
The mission of the Lincoln Strike Group while deployed will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.