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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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  • Michelle

    It clearly looks like I am the only one who couldn't make it, and I do not know how to remove my RSVP, I apologize. Hopefully when I am better, we will still be welcome to the next one.

    April 16, 2013

    • Sharon

      To remove your rsvp, you simply go to the event, push the green link that says CHANGE RSVP, click on NO, and then push RSVP. This must be done or you will be counted as a NO SHOW. Be better.

      April 16, 2013

    • Michelle

      ah, ok! thank you :)

      April 17, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Thank You All for another great Meet-Up!! Over 1,000 Stars were pouched, almost that many cut and many retired flags being processed.
    Keep on the look-out for more flags to be retired, a busy summer is shaping up to give Stars out.

    April 16, 2013

  • Sharon

    Always a great group of people dedicated to making such a simple task into a moving tribute of support to our troops and veterans. Thank you ALL for being a part of this ongoing commitment.

    April 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    Please remove your rsvp if you did not attend.

    April 15, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm sorry we had to miss it :( Started getting sick throughout the day. Hoping to be there next month!

    April 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    My son and I will be stopping by for a short time. I have some "parts" to drop off too.

    April 15, 2013

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