Recognizing a true American tradition

By Cory Johnson - For the Enterprise

Originating during World War I, the recognition of Blue Star and Gold Star families is a true American tradition. That’s why VFW Post 7424, American Legion Post 265, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and the West Unity American Legion Freedom Riders are once again sponsoring an event to honor these families who either have loved ones serving in the military or have lost loved ones in combat.

The event, to be hosted at Wauseon’s VFW Banquet Hall, will commence on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m.

Blue Star families are entitled to a banner in their window donned with a blue star for each member of their family that is serving, said Sherry Ann Franks, the event coordinator.

In addition, the Gold Star family of Staff Sergeant John Martin will be recognized with a banner and portrait of Martin. Gold Star mothers also hold a very special place in Franks’ heart; she’s recognized 13 in the last few years.

“Being a mother, I know how important it is. You gave birth to your child, now they’re gone,” said Franks. “I really try to put an emphasis on recognizing them.”

The program will include an honor guard, a bag pipe performance, a vocal soloist, and the oration of biographies for each member of the military whose family is being recognized.

“It’s just a neat day,” said Franks. “You realize you’re not the only one whose family member is serving. It really pulls at the heart strings.”

All friends and family members of the Blue Star families are invited to the event which will offer a light luncheon and time for fellowship after the ceremonies.

Governmental operations and access to information has drastically changed over the years. This makes it harder than ever to find Blue Star families, as contact information is heavily restricted. If you have a loved one currently serving in the military and would like to attend the event, contact Sherry Ann Franks at 419-388-6010.

Franks urged, “You don’t have to be just from Fulton County. I don’t care where you’re from. I will make sure you get a banner.”

By Cory Johnson

For the Enterprise

Cory can be reached at [email protected]

Cory can be reached at [email protected]