WaterFire Providence Salute to Veterans 2016

The WaterFire Salute to Veterans event is a collaborative, community-wide celebration whose mission is to honor and recognize all United States veterans, active and reserve military personnel and families for their service, sacrifice and contributions to this nation, and to organize, exhibit and highlight the wealth of veteran oriented organizations and services available to them.



Christmas holiday opportunities for military families


Christmas Decor – Home decorated for the holidays
Is there a military family that you would like to nominate for the Decorated Family program? If you nominate a family Christmas Decor will try to decorate their home for the holidays!

Each holiday season, each Christmas Decor franchisees nationwide donate their products, resources and time to decorate the homes of local military as a part of the Decorated Family Program.

Trees for Troops
Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provides Real Christmas Trees to Armed Forces members and their families in the U.S. and troops deployed in the Middle East. Through contributions, donations of real Christmas trees, the work of many volunteers and the generous in-kind support of our shipping partner FedEx, Trees for Troops has brought the true spirit of Christmas to thousands of deserving service men and women and their families.

Since 2005, more than 103,000 farm-grown Christmas trees have been delivered. The program has touched the lives of military families at more than 60 bases across the U.S. and overseas.

Are you a military family in need of financial support for the Christmas holidays? Be sure to visit our exhaustive listing of organizations who help with Christmas holiday meals and gifts for the military and veteran community – LINK.


You can help the military spread Christmas cheer:

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation distributes new toys for needy children in the community.

The Army’s annual Operation Toy Drop is a philanthropic project where Soldiers individually contribute new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local children’s homes and social service agencies.


66, of Warwick, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at RI Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Stephen Moretti. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Domenic A. and Mary Josephine (Carnevale) Colaiacomo.

Rosemarie was employed as an executive secretary for the Cranston Police Dept. for twenty years. She was an avid volunteer for the FRG (Family Readiness Group) of the RI Army National Guard 169 MP CO as well the RI Blue Star Moms. Rosemarie was also the recipient of the RI Red Cross Military Hero Award for her volunteerism to the families of the RI National Guard.

Besides her husband Stephen, she is survived by her loving children, Matthew S. Moretti and his wife Kerry of Warwick and Steven D. Moretti and his wife Beth of Cranston; cherished granddaughters, Jillian, Rachael, Mia and Phoebe Moretti; dear sister of Domenic Colaiacomo of Hanover, NH and the late David R. Colaiacomo.

Funeral from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Avenue, Cranston on Wednesday at 8:45 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Kevin’s Church, 33 Sandy Ln., Warwick. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Greenwich. VISITING HOURS will be held on Tuesday from 4 – 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The 100 Club of RI, 222 Chestnut St., Providence, RI 02903 or RI Blue Star Moms, PO Box 40938, Providence, RI 02940.





On a comfortable Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting with Karen Dalton at her Dare to Dream Ranch on Snagwood road in Foster, RI.
When you arrive at the ranch you are met by 2 super friendly dogs, Bear and Bella, who wag themselves silly while the 3 goats, Frick, Frack & Frank, are also bleating their hello’s. As we walked through the barn with the fresh smell of shavings and hay Karen explained her vision for converting the barn into a woodworking workshop when they build their indoor riding arena with attached barn that would have a loft apartment above for a qualified veteran to stay for free as the caretaker for the property.
We arrived at the first paddock where a gorgeous Percheron/Gypsy Vanner Draft cross named Seargent Xander and his sidekick Corporal Buzz. Xander sometimes is a bit skiddish with his own trust issues. So a slow approach and soft voice is the best approach for making friends with this beautiful huge horse. Next door is Captain Blue, named for his beautiful brilliant blue eye. He is as friendly as Seargent Xander is reserved. He was having fun moving the miniature horses , Freedom and Spirit, out of the way so he could their hay. Spirit enjoyed trying to nibble my hair through the fence while I was petting her and Blue. Hard not to relax and just chat with so much peace surrounding you. We visited the 2 senior, yet still very noble, Arabians names Ishrab and Tabitha.
I had the pleasure of watching Steve Frye, 2x Iraq Combat Vet, not only riding Sgt. Xander, but also learning to train him. Steve only began riding and working with horses 4 months ago! I was impressed to watch Steve’s ease of haltering Sgt. Xander in the paddock, saddling him and especially riding him! 4 months is not a long time for someone to learn to ride, build trust with a horse who has trust issues and build your own confidence in the saddle. I was able to watch Steve achieve all of this and with such confidence and pride!
As Karen & I strolled through the wooded paths listening to the quiet we discussed her dreams for future expansion of the facility, the paddocks, the rings and the trails. She shared some of the positive results of Veterans, and their families, who have already visited the Ranch for equine therapy (equine assisted coaching/ground therapy) , yoga, horticulture therapy and nutrition education, woodworking, and fly tying/fishing.
On a quiet, sunny Friday afternoon we both Dared to Dream of our hopes for Veterans and their families who will visit in the future.

Rhonda Ziehl, USAF,
RI Blue Star Moms


Wreaths Across America


Rhode Island Blue Star Moms

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

Welcome to Rhode Island Blue Star Moms Wreaths Across America Page. Please help our group raise funds by clicking one of the red “Donate” button to sponsor wreaths to be placed at one of the locations listed below. . . It is easy!

Click the red “Donate” button. If you’d prefer to donate via a specific member of Rhode Island Blue Star Moms, find the member’s name below and click the red “Donate” button next to their name.

If you would like to volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony, please click the link and “View” button below. Thank you so much for supporting Rhode Island Blue Star Moms and Wreaths Across America!