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Families receive Blue Star banners to honor military service

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  • Dan and Karen Burris of Lisle, whose son Ryan is serving in the U.S. Navy, receive a Blue Star Service Banner Sunday at VFW Post 3873 in Naperville from Glenn Granat of American Legion Post 43.

       Dan and Karen Burris of Lisle, whose son Ryan is serving in the U.S. Navy, receive a Blue Star Service Banner Sunday at VFW Post 3873 in Naperville from Glenn Granat of American Legion Post 43.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Broderick of Naperville, whose son Kevin is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, receives a Blue Star Service Banner Sunday at VFW Post 3873 in Naperville from Glenn Granat of American Legion Post 43.

       Mike Broderick of Naperville, whose son Kevin is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, receives a Blue Star Service Banner Sunday at VFW Post 3873 in Naperville from Glenn Granat of American Legion Post 43.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Greg Gennett of Medinah, whose son Greg is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, receives a Blue Star Service Banner Sunday at VFW Post 3873 in Naperville from Glenn Granat of American Legion Post 43.

       Greg Gennett of Medinah, whose son Greg is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, receives a Blue Star Service Banner Sunday at VFW Post 3873 in Naperville from Glenn Granat of American Legion Post 43.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Vahle of American Legion Post 43 acted as master of ceremony Sunday during the Blue Star Service Banners program that presented banners to families with loved ones serving in the armed forces.

       Jim Vahle of American Legion Post 43 acted as master of ceremony Sunday during the Blue Star Service Banners program that presented banners to families with loved ones serving in the armed forces.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Blue Star Service Banners such as this one were given to families with loved ones serving in the armed forces during a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 3873 in Naperville.

       Blue Star Service Banners such as this one were given to families with loved ones serving in the armed forces during a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 3873 in Naperville.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

Naperville American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 3873 presented Blue Star Banners on Sunday to families with loved ones serving in the armed forces.

Families with spouses, children and even grandchildren serving were on hand at the Judd Kendall VFW Post in Naperville to accept their Blue Star Banners, a certificate and a lapel pin to show support and honor their loved ones.

"This honors people who have someone in the military," said Jim Vahle of American Legion Post 43, the events master of ceremony.

Blue Star Banner recipient Dan Burris of Lisle, whose son Ryan is serving in the U.S. Navy, said the banners represent that "we support the troops, not just our son but the rest of them."

"I can't explain it, it means a lot," recipient Greg Gennett of Medinah added.

The Blue Star Banner started in World War I and its use continued into World War II but fell out of favor during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The use of the banner to honor and show support for those serving in the armed forces gained popularity again after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The flags have one star for each family member serving in the military and can hold five stars.

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