Rolfe Area Vets
James B. Murray Present!
Russell Johnson Present!
Arthur Bendixsen Present!
Ellis Struthers Present!
Cyril P. Nolte Present!
Garth E. Howard Present!
James Sage Present!
Kenneth Lehnus Present!
Evan Kelchner Present!
William Brinkman Present!
Howard White Present!
Elmer Colee Present!
Plover/Powhatan Area Vets
John L. Pavik - WWII Present!
Sharp - Korea Present!
The Unknown Present!
|The Blue Star Service
Banner is a banner consisting of a
wide red border around a white field containing one or more stars. The
stars are typically blue, but may be silver or gold with thin blue
borders. The banner indicates that members of the displaying family or
organization are serving in the United States Armed Forces during a
time of war. A blue star indicates an individual currently serving; a
silver star indicates an individual discharged from service because of
wounds; a gold star indicates an individual killed in action. On flags
displaying multiple stars, any gold ones will be above, to the right
of, or closer to the staff than any blue stars.
banner was designed in 1917 by United States Army Captain Robert L.
Queissner of the Fifth Ohio Infantry, in honor of his two sons who were
serving in World War I. It was quickly adopted by the public and by
government officials. On 24 September 1917, an Ohio congressman read
into the Congressional Record "The mayor of Cleveland, the Chamber of
Commerce and the Governor of Ohio have adopted this service flag. The
world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest
thing in all the world to a father and mother - their children."
World War II, the United States Department of War issued
specifications on the manufacture of the flag as well as guidelines
indicating when and by whom it could be flown or the corresponding
Service Lapel button could be worn. The United States Department of
Defense updated the guidelines on 1 December 1967 with DoD Directive
1348.1, which implemented an Act of Congress authorizing a service flag
and a service lapel button (U.S.C. 179-182).
of the banner was very popular during World War II, but fell
off sharply during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the Gulf
War, the American Legion began promoting the banner. With the outbreak
of the War on Terrorism, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Orrin G.
Hatch expressed their approval of the banner and the Legion's efforts
in a statement on 29 April 2002.
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from the American Legion.
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