Charlotte, NC - (May 5, 2005) The Mecklenburg County Veterans Service Office and the American Legion will host a ceremony honoring the parents of our veterans currently serving in operations Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
- Saturday, May 21, 2005
- 11 a.m.
- Marshall Park (McDowell and Second Streets)
The ceremony will feature the presentation of the Blue Star Banner to parents with children serving. Parents with children serving who would like to have a banner presented should contact the Mecklenburg County Veterans Service Office at 704-336-2102. The deadline to make a request is Monday, May 16. Parents will need to give the veteran's name and the unit they are serving with.
Many people are familiar with the Blue Star Banner, which signifies a parent with a child serving in a war zone. The Blue Star Banner was patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissener of the 5th Ohio Infantry. Queissener had two sons serving on the front lines. The Blue Star Banner quickly became the official symbol of those with children serving.
The Blue Star Service Banner is typically displayed in a window of a home. Each banner features a blue star for each child serving. A gold star sewn over the blue star represents a child who has lost his or her life in service to our country.