Blue Star Banner Presentation – August 6, 2011
Here at General Sarge HQ we’re all about supporting military families. Nothing puts a smile on our face like encouraging a family with a loved one in the military. What started as a way for me to deal with Ben heading off to Basic Training continues to grow and amaze us each and every day. So, when someone contacts us saying they want to do something for us, it always brings a tear to our eye.
Such was the case a few days ago when Ann Guest, the Commander of the James R. Hickey American Legion Post #120 in Palmyra, New York, contacted us saying the Post wanted to present us with a Blue Star Banner.
Yesterday, Friday, August 5, 2011, Sandra and I, along with General Sarge of course, were honored as the Palmyra American Legion Post presented us with the Blue Star Banner. We are honored and privileged to receive our Blue Star Banner which is now proudly displayed in our front window. We also want to say a special thank you to Ann Guest, the leaders of Post 120 and all the members of the Palmyra American Legion Post for your prayers and support.
Blue Star Banner History
The Blue Star Banner was designed by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Oueissner of the 15th Ohio Battery. Through the years families who have loved ones serving in the Armed Forces, including activated members of The National Guard and Reservists, have displayed the banners in their homes. The American Legion rejuvenated the tradition and Spirit of Pride in these banners following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Since then the American Legion has distributed over 82,000 Blue Star Service Banners, 60,000 Blue Star Posters, 25,000 window decals and over 2,000 Blue Star Corporation Banners. Post 120 James R. Hickey of Palmyra, New York has given out over 80 Blue Star Banners. It is the hope of the Palmyra Post that other Posts will also pick up this service of honor for their local service members too.
This is a wonderful program and a great recognition for all military families. Here at General Sarge HQ we would encourage you to contact your local American Legion Post and help spread the word about the Blue Star Banner Program. If you know a service member family who does not have a Blue Star Banner contact the American Legion and arrange a presentation of a banner soon.
Staying Army Strong,