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Silver Star banner honors wounded vets

| Tuesday, April 28, 2009

KITTANNING -- A national organization wants to make sure wounded combat veterans are remembered.

They're doing that by presenting war-wounded service members and their families with a Silver Star banner to hang in their window or on their door.

The idea is gathering support in Armstrong County.

"If I had someone in my family wounded, I'd be proud to display it and let everyone know why we're over there," said Rick Croyle, Armstrong County Veterans' Affair director. "It's a sign of honor. It's a big honor."

Croyle said the banner is a good way to show support and remind everyone of the sacrifices made by America's military members.

The organization known as Silver Star Families of America has been working to get the banner recognized nationally.

The Silver Star Banner program is like the Blue Star and Gold Star banner programs. Each blue star hanging is for a family member in the service. A gold star is for a family member killed in action.

Organizers have been asking municipal and county governments to help promote the Silver Star initiative recognizing the wounded men and women of the armed forces by declaring May 1 as Silver Star Banner Day.

At a public meeting last week, the county commissioners joined the national effort by proclaiming this Friday as Silver Banner and Flag Day in the county in their honor.

"The commissioners wish to ensure the sacrifices of so many in our armed forces throughout the years will never be forgotten," said Commissioner Jim Scahill.

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