Saving The Stars

On this Memorial Day, I’m sharing a story I saw on AOL Top News yesterday.

In 2010, Susan Wells, a New York woman, started a program called Stars For Our Troops. Stars from tattered and torn American flags are washed and pressed. The stars are then given to members of the military and veterans along with this note:

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 that you  are not forgotten.”

There’s some controversy as to whether or not it’s appropriate to cut the flag, but Susan’s program has gained support, and there are several “branches” of the program throughout the country.

I like this idea. Although I know that burning a torn flag is the proper way to dispose of it, I think it’s nice that part of the flag is being repurposed as a small token of thanks to the members of our military.  As my American flags must be “retired”, I plan to send them off to be used in this way.

Here’s the link to the web-site:


Marshall’s flag in the sunset photo

The American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American  soil for 228 years is the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it.     ~ Jeff Miller

16 responses to “Saving The Stars

  1. Not familiar with this program but it’s nice to know that part of a flag that has flown proudly somewhere and has become worn with time can still serve a purpose in honoring a soldier. Happy Memorial Day!

    Pam and Sam

  2. I’m not familiar with this program either but I’m glad the ‘older’ flags are being used in this way! Very appropriate blog for today.

  3. I hadn’t heard of this before your post, but like you, I think it is a thoughtful and appropriate use of the American flag. Thanks for sharing the information about this program! Happy Memorial Day! ~ Sheila

  4. I had not heard of this but I really like the idea! Will check out your link. Enjoy your Memorial Day!

  5. i think it is a wonderful idea!!

  6. We think that is a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Memorial Day!

  7. i hope the stars bring comfort to those that carry them.

  8. This is a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  9. It sounds like a fine idea to me.
    There are quite a few rules regarding the proper display and disposal of the flag, but I like the idea of one continuing on after ‘retirement’ ..
    Happy Memorial Day !

  10. What a great idea!

  11. That sounds like a good idea.

  12. Interesting. I’m going to pass the info on to my husband. The Boy Scout troop that he’s involved with has a campout every fall to introduce interested Cub Scouts to what the older boys do. For several years (starting when my husband was Scoutmaster) they retire old and tattered flags in a very touching ceremony.

  13. mollieandalfie

    Just had to tell you, we have gone through all your blog posts tonight, I was showing Hubby all the lovely photo’s you have taken..he loved the sunsets and the horses.He thinks you are amazing,well, so do I 🙂 xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  14. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Great post for Memorial Day. What a great thing to do with old flags.
    Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a good day!


  15. I agree with Shirley–this is a great post for Memorial Day.

  16. i hadn’t heard of this program either. Will have to check it out. This was a great post for Memorial Day!

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