Silver Star Banner Day is celebrated on May 1. The day honors the sacrifices of the U.S. military personnel as well as those awarded with the Silver Star.
History of Silver Star Banner Day
During the early 1800s, “gallantry in action” was awarded with the Citation Star. The Citation Star was replaced with the Silver Star Medal later on. The Silver Star is awarded to those who show distinguished valor in combat. It is the third-highest decoration in the United States Armed Forces.
Silver Star Service Banner Day recognizes the sacrifices of the ill, wounded, and dying service personnel. The day also honors those awarded with the Silver Star Medal as well as their families. The tradition of the service banner with blue stars covered with threads of silver, which represented the wounded service members, began during World War I. However, it went out of use when gold and blue star service banners were adopted by the United States officially between the wars. The color silver symbolizes the gallantry of the service members and blue symbolizes hope. These two colors reinforce the message of Silver Star Service Banner Day.
Although founded in 2004 by the Silver Star Families of America (SSFOA) organization, the day was only made official in 2010. The United States House of Representatives also made May 1 Silver Star Service Banner Day. The main aim of Silver Star Families of America (SSFOA) is to evoke gratitude and respect for the sacrifices made by military veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces by having a Silver Star Service Banner on a window and/or a Silver Star Flag. Many agencies and groups have stepped forward with dedicated efforts for assisting the ill, disabled, and wounded war veterans, and recognizing their sacrifices as well as that of their families.
Silver Star Banner Day FAQs
What happens on Silver Star Banner Day?
Silver Star Service Banner Day is a day to honor the military service members who were injuried in combat. Organizations host events to recognize and pay tribute to their services. People visit the graves of the deceased.
What is the Silver Star given for?
The Silver Star Medal is given for the display of exceptional courage and distinguished acts of valor in the field of battle.
Who was the first person to get a Silver Star?
General Douglas MacArthur was the first person to receive the Silver Star Medal in 1932. He also received the medal seven more times for his gallantry in World War II.
How to Observe Silver Star Banner Day
Many veteran organizations host events to honor Silver Star recipients and their families. Volunteer and show your gratitude.
Get involved with the SSFOA
Get involved with the Silver Star Families of America (SSFOA) and help in fundraising and spreading awareness in your area.
Honor the fallen and their families
Pay a visit to the graves of war veterans with a flag or flowers. You can also take the family member of a deceased war veteran to lunch to show your gratitude and respect.
5 Facts About Silver Star Banner Day That You Should Know
1 in 10
1 in 10 of those who serve in the U.S. military receive serious injuries due to combat.
The U.S. government has awarded between 100,000 and 150,000 Silver Star Medals.
The growth of the Silver Star
Other than the 50 U.S. states, proclamations for recognizing the Silver Star families have been issued by Saipan, Guam, the Chickasaw Nation, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
Col. Davis Hackworth
Colonel Davis Hackworth was the recipient of 10 Silver Star Medals, the most amount awarded to any one person, for his valor in Vietnam and Korea.
Lt. Col. Cordelia Cook
Lieutenant Colonel Cordelia Cook was the first woman to receive the Silver Star for her duty in World War II.
Why Silver Star Banner Day is Important
It pays tribute to war veterans
It is a day that pays tribute to the ill, wounded, and deceased war veterans for their service.
It recognizes the brave service of veterans
The war veterans laid down or risked their lives for their country. This day is dedicated to their gallantry in war.
It motivates the youth
The day also motivates the youth and makes them realize the greatness that lies in serving their country
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