3rdID Observes Silver Star Service Banner Day
Reported By SFC C.Brock
Silver Star Service Banner
Image credit: Silver Star Families of America
Today, the United States marks Silver Star Service Banner Day.
Commemorated on May 1 by the Silver Star Families of America, it is a day of honor for American military personnel who were wounded or injured, became seriously ill, or are dying as a result of their wartime service.
The Silver Star Service Banner follows a tradition going back to our nation’s involvement in World War I. Created to remind Americans of the sacrifices of wounded servicemen, the banner originally displayed a blue star covered in silver thread.
These service banners would largely be forgotten until the United States’ entry into World War II. The Department of War then authorized the use of Blue Star and Gold Star service banners to commemorate those serving and those killed in action, respectively.
With this legacy, in 2010 President Barack Obama signed a congressional joint resolution marking May 1 as Silver Star Service Banner Day. This came in the wake of the Global War on Terrorism and the ongoing hardships of servicemen and woman who had fought and continued to fight.
Since then, all 50 states, as well as thousands of cities, counties, and civic organizations, officially recognize Silver Star Service Banner Day with memorial events.
The 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit recognizes the extraordinary work of our nation’s warfighters, and we honor the men and women who have sacrificed their well-being in the course of duty.