Mom is no match for new daughter at Marine's homecoming

Bonnie Bise of Modesto traveled to Twentynine Palms to welcome her Marine son home on Aug. 24.

Cpl. Christopher Alexander, 21, was coming home from Iraq, where he had been stationed in Fallujah.

Bise had it planned so she could get an early hug. She had Grandpa, Patrick Alexander, hold 6-month-old Riley Alexander, the baby Christopher had never seen.

"I figured if he saw the baby, I'd never get a kiss," Bise said. The best laid plans of grandma went for naught.

"He kissed his fiancée and then asked 'Where's my baby?' " she said.

Bise got her turn third. She said her son will be discharged in October.

There are three upcoming events for service personnel and their families.

Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the Capitol Mall in Sacramento, ceremonies will honor those who have earned Purple Hearts during the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sept. 22, the Hughson Centennial will honor Soldiers and Mothers, Then and Now. Some participants are looking for World War II-period clothing and uniforms. Those who can help in this quest should call Debbie Katsounakis of the Blue Star Mothers and Families at 410-2467.

A Gold Star Mothers breakfast will be held Sept. 30 at Ceres Christian Terrace. VFW Post 3199 will do the cooking. Menu and prices are to be decided, but Gold Star families eat for free. Proceeds will go to help the VFW post rebuild after a fire destroyed its meeting hall.

Bee staff writer Roger W. Hoskins may be reached at rhoskins@modbee.com or 578-2311.