Hello, I'm back. it's been awhile since my last post. I have been busy with several community projects with a much needed vacation to San Francisco sandwiched in between. I am currently in the process of writing a post regarding neighborhood rebirth, so look for that in the coming days.
I have recently learned about the Stars-for-our-Troops program conducted by the Ladies Auxiliary of Germania Hall of North Troy.
The ladies are collecting used American Flags to continue a program that was started by four women from Florida called the Star Project. From the collected U.S. flags that have worn out their colors and fabric, the group are cutting from them the fields of blue, then scissoring off the embroidered stars.
The stars are then inserted into a plastic bag go a star and an explanation:
"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."
according to the group the flags should be approximately 5 feet by 3 feet, so that the stars are about the size of half-dollars when they are cut out.
Not only is the group requesting help in obtaining these flags, and also people (with scissors) that would be willing to share a couple of hours on the third Sunday of every month to make these packets for our troops - overseas and at home, as well as local veterans.
Flags can be brought to Germania Hall on Friday nights from 5 to 9 PM, or on the third Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 PM. The remnants of the flags will be properly processed during a flag burning ceremony.
The group would like help locating soldiers that are going to Iraq and Afghanistan so they can give some stars to them to share with others. If you have a local contact for organizations that are sending packages overseas please forward it to the Ladies Auxiliary so they can add them to the packages.
For more additional information, please contact Susan E Wells, President, Ladies Auxiliary, at 235-1558 or email TroyGermania@aol.com or visit www.troygermaniahall.com