Sunday, December 6, 2009

Danbury military museum gets its blue star

"During World War II, families who had a son or a daughter serving in the armed forces hung a read and white banner in their window with a blue star in the center.
If the soldier or sailor was lost in the war, the blue star was replaced with a gold star.
When the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury started gathering artifacts for a new display on the home front, it needed a World War II blue star banner to hang next to the gold star banner it already had."
Millions of the blue star banners hung across the nation during the 1940s, so it was thought finding one would be easy. Wrong.
Like so many reminders of war, they'd been discarded or packed away in boxes and forgotten by a nation eagerly embracing peacetime.
Word of the search reached Bethel resident Pat Wilson-Perkins, president of the Blue Star Mothers Northern Fairfield Chapter, which serves Putnam County, N.Y., and this part of Connecticut.
She located Miguel Espinosa of Danbury, a World War II veteran and former president of the Rotary Club of Danbury. Espinosa still had the blue star his mother proudly hung in Mexico City while awaiting his return.
Danbury military museum gets its blue star - NewsTimes:

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