SIKESTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Blue Star program is now under way in Missouri.
The Blue Star tradition originated in World War I. Dating back to 1917, Congressional records state: "The world should know of those who gave so much for liberty."
Also known as the Service Flag, the Blue Star represents hope and pride, VFW officials said.
"These Blue Star flags and placards were proudly displayed by families who had sons or husbands serving in active military service and were a visible statement of support for American military forces," said David Cartner, senior vice commander of VFW District 15.
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Missouri, has reinstituted this program and will distribute window placards to those families who currently have a loved one serving in the armed forces." Cartner said this is especially important now that American military personnel once again find themselves in harm's way in action against tyranny and oppression in a foreign land.
VFW Post 3174 in Sikeston has a modest supply of Blue Star placards available for distribution to area families. Call 471-7575 to obtain a placard.