On the 21st of April the US House of Representatives recognized the Silver Star Families of America’s Silver Star Service Banner and has proclaimed every May 1 “Silver Star Service Banner Day.” It is a day to recognize and honor all those who have returned home wounded or becoming ill from their time in a warzone.
The tradition of the Silver Star on a banner started in 1917. As a wounded service member returned home the blue star on the “Sons In Service Flag” was covered with silver thread. This practice continued through the Korean War and then faded away. It is time for the banner’s silver star to return, it is time for the wounded and ill veterans to know they are not forgotten. We have new technology, lives have been saved, some of those lives may have been lost in past wars.
The Silver Star Families of America organization has brought back the tradition by presenting banners to not only those wounded with visible wounds, but also those with invisible wounds, illnesses caused from their war time experience, and those dying because of their wounds of war. We need to remember those that suffer with brain injuries, post traumatic stress, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, depleted uranium and other such illnesses. They suffer with their own “wounds” of war and may suffer the rest of their lives. Let us not forget them, we cannot forget them. Over 100 Massachusetts communities (over 2,700 nationally) have signed proclamations stating they support this day, this honor, to those who have served. Please take time to thank a disabled veteran on May 1.