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 Here or Here or Here or Here or Here

   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 click here and print the page. If not, click here and follow the directions at the bottom of the page that opens up.

   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.



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