Silver Star Service Banner Day
(Also known as Silver Star Day)
Silver Star Service Banner Day is observed next on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 (146 days from today).
Silver Star Service Banner Day is celebrated on May 1st in order to honor the sacrifices of the United States military personnel as well as people with the Silver Star.
Silver Star Service Banner Day is a wonderful time to honor the Silver Star medal, but not exclusive to it. The Silver Star Service Banner Day is grateful to people who have received the Silver Star but is more broadly associated with service members who have been affected by combat.
History of Silver Star Service Banner Day
In the early 1800s, "acts of courage" were awarded a Citation Star. The Citation Star was later replaced by the Silver Star Medal. The Silver Star is awarded to those who display outstanding bravery in combat. It is the third highest decoration in the United States Armed Forces.
Silver Star Service Banner Day recognizes the sacrifices of ailing, injured, and dying service workers. The day also honors Silver Star Medal winners as well as their families. The tradition of the service banner with blue stars covered with silver threads, symbolizing wounded service members, dates back to World War I, the war. The silver color symbolizes the bravery of the serving members and the blue color symbolizes hope. These two colors make the message of Silver Star Service Banner Day become famous.
Although established in 2004 by the Silver Star Family of America (SSFOA), the date was officially recognized only in 2010. The United States House of Representatives also celebrated Silver Star Service Banner Day on September 1st. The primary purpose of Silver Star Family of America (SSFOA) is to instill gratitude and respect for the sacrifices made by veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces by having the Banner. Service Silver Star on Windows and/or Silver Star Flag. Many agencies and groups have come forward with dedicated efforts in supporting sick, disabled and wounded veterans, and in recognition of their sacrifices and those of their families.
What does the Silver Star Service Banner mean?
Military families whose loved ones are in uniform and/or are in active duty fly the service flags and/or military regulations flags in gold, blue, and silver. Each color represents something different:
- Gold - sacrifice
- Green Hope
- Silver - gallantry
The houses fly the yellow Star duty flags that have lost loved ones in combat. People displaying Blue Star service banners feature loved ones in service, and Silver Star service banners honor those who died, became ill, or were injured in combat.
Silver Star Service Banner Day
There was a time when there were no Silver Star service banners - the military made official use of the Gold Star service banner and the Blue Star service banner long before the same thing happened with the Star service banner. In fact, the official recognition of what eventually became known as the Gold Star Couple's Day in 1936; The Silver Star Service Banner Date will not be officially recognized until 2010.
The Beginning of Silver Star Service Banner Day
A Congressional resolution was passed in May 2010, formalizing Silver Star Service Banner Day. It is listed as "The Official Day to Honor Wounded, Sick, and Wounded Veterans." Private agencies and veteran service organizations such as The Silver Star Family of America were established to recognize and assist wounded and sick veterans who are currently serving in the military.
How to celebrate Silver Star Service Banner Day
- Be Grateful
Many veteran organizations hold events to honor Silver Star recipients and their families. Volunteer and show your gratitude.
- Join with SSFOA
Join the Silver Star Families of America (SSFOA) and help raise funds and spread awareness in your area.
- Honoring the fallen and their families
Visit veterans' graves with flags or flowers. You can also take a family member of a deceased veteran to lunch to show your gratitude and respect.
ObservedSilver Star Service Banner Day has been observed annually on May 1st.
Sunday, May 1st, 2022
Monday, May 1st, 2023
Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
Thursday, May 1st, 2025
Friday, May 1st, 2026