Stars For Our Troops! Potluck Social. Gettyburg Flag Works

 

There is a group of volunteers that is continuing what was started by a group of ladies in Florida called the Star Project about 2005. See "Star Project Begins".

http://www.starsforourtroops.org/

Susan Wells, a member of our group, is the President of the local effort...Stars For Our Troops... and had suggested that we become active in this mission. We did, and we continue to be.

There are two locations where we will participate...Brunswick Fire Dept and Gettysburg Flags in E. Greenbush.

We will be at the Brunswick Fire Dept on the second Tuesday of each month and Gettysburg Flag Works on the third Monday of each month.

What we do is start with a very informal potluck dinner. While snacking on our dinners we participate in cutting stars off of retired flags and put them in tiny little bags with an inspirational message...these tiny bags are given to our troops overseas and retired veterans. The following is a more indepth description.


We cut the fields of blue, known as the canton, from these old flags, then scissor off the embroidered stars. Into a plastic bag go one of those stars and given to a soldier or veteran with the following message:

"I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A.  I can no longer fly. The sun and winds have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder thatYou are not forgotten."

If you have a flag that you want to donate, they should be approximately 5 feet by 3 feet, so that the embroidered stars are about the size of half-dollars.

Collectors of flags in the Albany, NY area include: Gettysburg Flag Works, East Greenbush; Saratoga Flag, Gansevoort;  your local Kiwanis Club or to Advanced Hearing Aid Centers, Colonie. Remnants of flags will be properly retired as noted in Flag Etiquette.


They are accepting names and addresses of soldiers currently serving, so they can receive their Stars. Include your name and address and we will send you a Star.

If you have a flag or want to make a donation to help  cover postage and packaging, bring that with you.

This is a great project! Let's support Susan and keep it going!

New Capital District Volunteer policy: If you rsvp for  meetups and are a no show two times, your name will be removed from the group. You can choose to reapply in three months. I must enforce this policy to build and maintain a credible and reliable group of volunteers. The agencies and venues that we volunteer at count on us to show up for jobs that they assign us.

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  • Linda

    looking forward to helping such a great cause.

    February 19, 2013

    • Star

      It was a great pleasure to meet and be able to work with u on the flags. Bruce and I truly enjoyed ur company. Hope o see u again soon.

      February 27, 2013

  • Linda

    It was good evening.

    February 27, 2013

  • Star

    Great seeing all of u.

    February 26, 2013

  • Star

    Fantastic evening.

    February 26, 2013

  • Karen

    Sorry I'll be having surgery...

    February 6, 2013

    • Susan W.

      Hope all went well. You were missed.

      February 26, 2013

    • Karen

      It did so hopefully when my hand improves i'll be able to join you another time.

      February 26, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Contact me at [masked] if you want supplies before the next meeting. I will make up Star Maker Kits and we can arrange for pick up. Susan

    February 26, 2013

  • Susan W.

    What a great group of people!! It was a pleasure working with everyone and so much was accomplished in a short time. Can't wait until the next Meet-up at Brunswick Fire House on 3/12.

    Let me know if you want supplies to take home at the next meeting, and I will make up Star Maker kits.

    February 26, 2013

  • Sharon

    Oh yeah....sorry about the Christmas music! And going with it!! Ho Ho HO.

    February 25, 2013

  • Sharon

    A peaceful, nourishing and crazy fun night! Thanks to all for always making it work! Special welcome to our soldier, Allison...a guest who just returned from Afghanistan. She reminded us of how important and meaningful this project is!

    February 25, 2013

  • Paul

    This is a great cause... I hope our small tokens of appreciation bring a bit of joy or comfort to our soldiers away from home. Glad to help out on this one.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work, sorry

    February 24, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Marie will be joining us also.

    February 13, 2013

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