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SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY – May 1

SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY

Every May 1st, Americans honor the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill, and dying service members on Silver Star Service Banner Day. The day also recognizes service members awarded the Silver Star Medal.

Across all branches of The United States military, the Silver Star Service Banner and Flag honors Silver Star families for their services and gallantry. On May 1st, the observance encourages us to honor military heroes and their families across the country.

For those who serve in the U.S. military, 1/10th suffer a severe injury. Most of those injuries are combat-related. Our veterans contend with those injuries for the rest of their lives. The injuries often serve as a constant reminder of sacrifices during war or conflict.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SilverStarServiceBannerDay

Local veteran organizations and military bases host events honoring Silver Star personnel and families. Volunteer for an event or organization. Show gratitude and thank those who have returned from deployment, wounded or ill. 

You can also get involved with helping SSFOA members with fundraising and community awareness events in your area.

Share your stories or experiences using #SilverStarService.

SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY HISTORY

The Blue and Gold Service Banners made their debuts in 1918 during World War II. Over time, the United States formally adopted and made official the Blue and Gold Star Service Banners. However, the country overlooked Silver Star Service Banner. Once identified, representatives quickly designed and accepted The Silver Star Service Flag and Banner. The United States House of Representatives passed H Res. 855, a stand-alone resolution on April 21, 2010, making the SSFOA Silver Star Service Banner official and making May 1st Silver Star Service Banner Day.

Since 1818, the military awarded the Citation Star for “Gallantry in Action.” The Silver Star Medal replaced the Citation Star and first officially awarded it in 1942. Military personnel receive the Silver Star Medal for specific actions in combat. The military has awarded between 100,000 and 150,000 Silver Star Medals.


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