Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Blue Star Service Flag

Tonight I thought I'd share the history of the Blue Star Service Flag. In 1917, Army Captain Robert Queissner wanted to make a simple flag that signified his two sons' service in World War I. Only three days later, the American War Mothers organization formed and began displaying Captain Queissner's flag in their windows. Sometimes the flag may have two or three stars signifying two or three children serving in the military. Because so many military lives were lost in World War I, a new flag was developed. Mothers who had lost their son in World War I began sewing a gold star over the blue star. The flag symbolized pride, love, and hope and became very popular during World War II. It returned to popularity during the Gulf War.

Before you start feeling patriotic and go out and buy a flag, know there are regulations for displaying the flag. For instance, only immediate family members (wife, husband, mother, father, stepparent, children, brothers, and sisters) of an active duty service man or woman may fly this flag.

This morning I proudly hung my Blue Star Service Flag.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Eve of Michael's Deployement

On the eve of Michael's deployment I decided I needed to start this blog to record my feelings about his deployement, memories of him growing up, and the funny and sometimes stupid things he's done. I know he is probably a little scared...not for his safetly but worried that he won't be able to take care of the Marines that he's responsible for. He is a well trained Corpsman and he will do everything in his power to care for and come home with all 14 Marines he heads to Afghanistan with. I am SO VERY proud of him!!!!