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Blue Star Banner ????

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

I thought I would make a Blue Star banner for my nephews that are in the service, but have not deployed yet. Looking thru the different sites, some of them list sizes, others say there is no specific limit to how big, only to use a certain ratio. I thought I remember reading one pattern that made them about 20x24 or so, to hang in a window, but can only find ones that are like 8.5 x16, 8.5 x 11, etc... which isn't the same ratio's...
Is there someone out there that has made these by a specific pattern that can help me out? Thanks!

Lexington Park, MD

That was a very interesting article about the history of the Blue Star Flag. Learn something new everday. Thank you Thunder.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

I have two "single" blue star banners hanging in my front window..would like to eventually make one with two stars.....

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

so I'm assuming that the finished size isn't that important...... one site says to keep in relevant proportions to our national flag, another says 8.5 x16, an additional one says 8.5x21. Personally, 8.5" wide is more like the size of a sheet of copy paper... So if I make it bigger to display in a window, it's not going to matter? That's my question.....

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I wouldn't think it would matter Kathy, after all our flag can be any size.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Thanks Karen, my niece has 2 boys in the family and lots of veterans. She was wanting the Blue Star, but I think I'm going to design her a flag wall hanging to go over the fireplace along with pics and medals of the Dads, Grandpas, nephews, sons, etc. that she wants to include. Her Blue Star will go in one of her windows to honor her sons.. I think I'll make it about the same size as one of those 'banners' that are hung outside of houses that have birdhouses, or flowers on.

Thunder, thanks for the links. Seems like it's like everything else, even though the 'official' sites have their rules, most of it is open to interpretation to the readers. I suppose if I offend someone that walks by my house, that notices I've made something too big or not quite right, they'll let me know...!

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I can't imagine anyone being offended by a banner honoring service persons no matter the size or shape.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I'm still amazed that living right next to Ft Meade, in a predominately military neighborhood, and driving on post I have never seen one of these.

Lexington Park, MD

I to am amazed. I live 5 min from military base and the first time I see these is on a quilting thread??????

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I'd inquire at the Legion or VFW. Just to hear what they have to say. I heard of it several years ago....

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

It must not be a MD/DC thing!!!!!

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Lexington Park, MD

It is sad that a small gesture as to hang a star banner has been forgottten.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Our family hangs them. Sadly I will be soon for an honorary grandson. and a yellow ribbon too. Only sad because I hate that our military has to do this. Proud that they do.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

they may be discouraging the use of blue stars in the window, on or near the military posts......as it is a "sign" that the man of the house is away.
when my son was stationed at FT Campbell, a few years back.....they were all told to tell their wives and girl friends not to put up stars, or yellow ribbons, and such...as it was a "welcome sign" for thieves!!! ( how sad )
But when we went to Ft Bragg, at Christmas time ...there were a lot of houses with ribbons, and / or stars. and A lot of Welcome Home signs...seems lots of units coming and going from there all the time....

I have stars in my windows, and fly my flag 24/7/365 !!! when ever my son gets deployed, I put a ribbon ( red, whites, blues, and yellows ) on my fence every day that he is out of country, may seem silly to some....but it comforts me, to have a private moment, each day , for my son and all the other troops in harms way, And I wear RED every Friday. we all do what we gotta do.....

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Same here Thunder, it is discouraged show any signs if you are living of Base (but close enough to a base), to protect against thieves or worse (if the wife was without husband). But on Base we were all in the same boat, so we did tie ribbons.
Not silly at all, the people that think that way have never had a loved one deployed. If it helps you to cope and comforts you that is ALL that counts !!
Hope your son comes soon home safe and sound.
Hugs Thea

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

I just decided to make one and not worry about the size. Supposedly, the American Legion started the posting on the Banners, but now it's not on their site. I get a 404 Error, can't find the page when I use the link provided on a Search, and have gone thru their site, without locating any info. The Military Moms site has info, and a couple others, but all with different sizes, so unless the quilt police arrive or a Military rep. knocks on her door, my niece is getting a nice size banner to hang wherever she wants.... There are too many people who think that hanging banners or flags outside your home is unnecessary and cause lots of legal problems. I suppose they don't have family in the military or give them the honor they deserve.............. oooops, I'm on my soapbox again, sorry folks!

Thanks to all for the replies!

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I don't think it is because they don't care Kizmo - I think it is more out of fear. This world has changed so drastically and they hesitate to invite trouble. It sickens me to think that something so meaningful to a family would be an invite to a burglar or worse. Love seems to have gone out the window in place of fear in this country and it is so sad.....

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

http://www.legion.org/troops/bluestar

Kathy, this is from the American Legion site.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Thanks Linda! Working on finishing my niece's today, her son is home for a few weeks before going out again.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Good for you Kathy. I think the thought and meaning are far more important than worrying about exact size and/or colors. I will bring comfort to your niece and honors her son and that is what matters most.

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