Mother Goose and the Blue Star Banner Campaign

Two Blue Stars for my Sailors

Mother Goose has recently run across an old, old tradition that supports military families. In the first and second world wars, families who had men (or women) in the service would proudly hang these banners in their front windows to let the neighborhood know they were military families. They could have up to five blue stars on each banner. Sadly, some banners had gold stars instead of blue, and this signified that the family had made the ultimate sacrifice for the country. This was a very big deal back then. Everybody knew who was serving, and also who needed their prayers and support. Unfortunately, the tradition fell out of practice during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and today you rarely see a banner in a window of a home.

But, you know Mother Goose…If there’s a change that needs to be made, Mother Goose is there honking about it.

I have ordered a banner for our front window with TWO blue stars, of course.

I am also volunteering locally to bring Blue Star banners back to the windows of military families in our town and neighboring communities. Volunteering has been so easy — I just brought a couple of nice posters to hang in the local libraries and village halls. I’ve sent a note to the news agency asking for some publicity. Maybe you’ll pass this post on to the military families that you know so they can get their banners…

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leslie
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 11:10:27

    What a great idea!! Our family has always been about tradition!


  2. Dianna
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 14:47:57

    How wonderful, Natalie! I had heard of this tradition, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re working to return it to our modern day world.
    And a big thank you to your family members who are serving our country!


  3. eof737
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 17:09:59

    Good for you. Keep us updated on your efforts in the field. 😉


  4. Three Well Beings
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 22:36:58

    How excellent! It would be wonderful to see this tradition revitalized. Good for you. Debra


  5. yearstricken
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 19:54:40

    What a wonderful thing to do.


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