LOCK HAVEN - The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary rekindled a spirit of pride in our military men and women following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack by providing banners to military families across the nation.
Blue Star Service banners show that someone in the family is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The banners display up to five blue stars, with each one representing a family member in the service.
Michelle and Tom Bates of Lock Haven have a Blue Star Banner with three stars for their three children, Spc. Tyler Bates, Spc. Jeremy Bates and Pvt. Bethany Bates.
The William Marshall Crawford American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit No. 131 recently gave Blue Star Service banners to two Lock Haven families. From left are Carol Wert Walker, national security chairman of the Department of Pennsylvania’s American Legion Auxiliary, who presented the banners; Tom and Tina Johnson who received a banner with one blue star for their children; Michelle Bates whose family received a banner with three stars for their three children; and Dori Schenck, unit president.
Tom and Tina Johnson of Lock Haven have a banner with one star designating their son, Spc. Jack Johnson.
Both families received their banners at a recent monthly meeting of the William Marshall Crawford American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit No. 131. Carol Wert Walker, national security chairman of the Department of Pennsylvania's ALA, presented the banners on behalf of the local ALA unit.