Gold Star Veterans

Veterans that died in a combat zone

In Latin America they have a tradition of calling for the veterans' name than the crowd answers PRESENT for they are present with us now.

Rolfe Area Vets

Cecil Cummings Present!
James B. Murray
Russell Johnson Present!
Arthur Bendixsen Present!
Ellis Struthers Present!
Cyril P. Nolte Present!
Garth E. Howard Present!
Lester V. Pedersen 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!
William Sharp - Korea Present!

To 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.

The 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."

During 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).

Display 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.

More information on Blue Star Banners from the American Legion.

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