Blue Star Banner Program
National Commander Ric Santos of Maryland recently issued a challenge.
"I ask the American Legion family to . . . take the lead in a show of
national pride and unity by providing a Blue Star Banner to every
family in their area who has a relative serving in our war on terrorism.
Let us provide this service to our military families. By them hanging the
banner in their windows, these families display their pride and
patriotism, " Santos said.
The Blue Star Banner program was a common site in Americaís
neighborhoods during World Wars I and II. Created in 1917, people hung it
in their windows to denote that a member of the family was serving in the
armed forces. Leaders of the nationís largest wartime veterans
organization believe the program can play a vital role in Americaís war on
Post 66 will provide a Blue Star Banner to any member of Post
66's Legion family who has a family member(s) serving in the armed forces,
to include Army National Guard and Reserve Component members who have been
called to active duty. Requests for banners should include the service
members name and military organization, along with the name and membership
number of the American Legion family member.
Requests should be mailed to:
The American Legion, Disney-Bell Post 66
ATTN: Blue Star Banner
9705 Old Laurel-Bowie Road
Bowie, Maryland 20720
Future plans call to extend this program beyond the Post; however, we
currently only taking orders for Post 66 members.
As of this writing, Blue Star Banners are on "back order" from
National Emblem Sales and are expected to be shipped in late January 2002.
Donít let this stop you though. Please place your order as soon as
possible and you will be notified when they are received at the Post.
Anyone with questions should contact the Americanism Committee
Chairman, at the Post, 301-464-9814. The Post e-mail address is