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Paynesville Press - November 28, 2001

Military families sought for program

By Linda Stelling

The American Legion is reviving its Blue Star Service Banner program to honor members of America's armed forces. The program was started in World War I and used druing World War II to show patriotism.

Every family who has a relative serving in the military can receive a blue banner to display and show the family's national pride.

The program demonstrates to all Americans how many families have a stake in the war against terrorism, stressed Larry Alstead, Paynesville American Legion commander.

The local American Legion is taking up a challenge issued by the national commander and is looking for the names of area men and women in the armed forces. The Legion will provide a blue banner at not cost to each family.

Families who would like to have a banner should call the Paynesville American Legion at 320-243-4982 or Alstead at 320-243-3853.

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