On the May 26th broadcast of our show, we had several guests that are
doing what they call the "Star Project". Our guest include Dee Mills
(Lea's Prayers and Postage), Barbara Burke (Treat the Troops), Linda
Kidwell (Gifts from Home), and Jan Zabel (Blue Star Mothers). What
they do is cut the embroidered stars out of worn 3'x5' American
Flags. They only cut the blue part of the flag, and they do not touch
the red or white. They have a statement that they print out, either on
cardstock or paper. They include the statement along with the star,
and it is put inside
of a small (2"x3")zip-lock type baggie.
For Baggies click
After the stars are made, they give the stars to
Active Duty US Military or US Veterans. The statement says this:
"I am part of our American flag that has
been flown over a home in Florida. I can no longer fly. The sun and
winds have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a
reminder that you are not forgotten."
If you live in Florida, just
and print the page. If not,
here and follow the directions at the bottom of the page that
You can change the state, but the idea is to leave the
rest the same so there is a show of unity in our support. Hand this
out to any Veteran. During a Veteran's Resource Fair, Linda handed one
of these stars to a Vietnam Vet. The Vet had never been thanked or
welcomed home. He cried at the thought of someone caring so much for 20
minutes with Linda.
If you have flags you would like to donate, drop them
off at any Veterans Group (American Legion, VFW, Marine Corps League,
DAV, etc...). Better yet, go and pick some up and hand them out to
Veterans and Active Duty Military you come across. Don't wonder where
you can get some stars, make some yourself.
* This is not considered defacing the flag. It is proper to cut
only the stars, and retire the flag appropriately afterward. Their
flags are retired at a ceremony carried out by the Cub Scouts.