From Staff Reports
Since 1917, family members have hung Blue Star Banners in their windows while a loved one serves in the armed forces. To continue this tradition, city of Wylie employees and the Hale-Combest American Legion Post 315 in Wylie will present Blue Star Banners during a Wylie City Council meeting.
Families or residents within the Wylie city limits, or with children attending Wylie ISD schools, are eligible to receive a commemorative banner if a loved one is serving in the armed forces.
The banner is an 8.5-by-14 inch white field with one or more blue stars sewn onto a red banner. One star represents a single-family member serving; a banner may have up to five stars. If an individual is killed or dies, a smaller golden star is placed over his or her star.
Capt. Robert L. Quesisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry designed and patented the banner. Blue Star Banners have been widely used throughout World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. They have also made appearances after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.
Anyone interested in the Blue Star Banner Program can contact Lynn Fagerstrom at [email protected] or 972-516-6048.