Estes Park American Legion Post 119 has started a Blue Star Service Banners Program. Blue Star Service Banners are displayed by families who have a loved one serving in the armed forces of the United States. The banner displayed in the front window of a home shows a family’s pride in their loved one serving in the military and reminds others that preserving America’s freedom demands a lot. If an Estes Park area family has a loved one serving in the military, they should contact the American Legion Post and we will present them with a Blue Star Service Banner at a Post meeting to proudly display.

Blue Star BannerThe Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. It quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service.

The blue star represents the family member serving in the armed forces. If that individual is killed or dies while serving, the blue star is superimposed with a gold star. The Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations were established during World War I and remain active today.

Blue Star Service Banners were widely used across America during World Wars I and II, but were not embraced during the Korean or Vietnam wars with the same enthusiasm. The American Legion is rekindling the spirit of pride in our military men and women. Free color downloads are also available at www.legion.org.

For more information or to receive a Blue Star Service Banner, contact the American Legion at 586-6118.