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Blue Star Banner program

The Detroit Lakes American Legion is holding a Blue Star Banner ceremony Saturday, beginning at noon.

Blue Star Banners can be seen hanging in windows throughout the county, and nation. The Detroit Lakes Legion has sent out 400 banners so far.

The Blue Star Banner represents families with members currently serving in the military.

Legion Auxiliary member Diane Hayes said the Legion will hold a program at noon, which will include Vice Mayor Matt Brenk and possibly other government officials.

The Legion will be presenting the city of Detroit Lakes with a special Blue Star Banner Corporate flag to be flown on the flagpole.

Young auxiliary members will be there to hand out Blue Star Banners as well.

The ninth district commander and vice commander at large will be on hand to help with the ceremony.

Lunch will be served after the program.

The Legion held the ceremony last year also, and Hayes said she hopes the Legion can continue to hold the ceremony in years to come.

The Blue Star Banner began in 1917 during World War I, and became a symbol of a child in the service.

During World War II, the Department of War began to issue the flag and service lapel button.

The blue star represents one person serving in the military, and can have up to five stars on the flag.

If a member dies at war, the blue star is changed to a gold star.

The American Legion began dispersing the banners after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.