A Blue Star banner and a Gold Star banner were recently presented to Iris and Henry Winters, who have a son currently serving in the U.S. Navy, and a son, Lt. Bruce E. Winters, who while serving as a pilot, was killed in a helicopter accident while stationed in the United Arab Emirates.

Lt. Winters is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Va.

A Gold Star Family member is a relative of a U.S. Armed Forces member who lost his or her life during active duty and stands for the sacrifice made for Honor and Freedom. The purpose of the Gold Star Banner is to help remember the fallen heros and families who have made the ultimate sacrifice to their country.

The Blue Star banner represents families who have family members presently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Both banners are displayed in windows with the stars facing out.

Members of the American Legion Post 431, Veterans of Foreign Wars 3303 and Vietnam Veterans of America 532 have presented more than 100 Blue Star banners. This is the first Gold Star banner presented honorably.

Anyone with a loved one serving and desires a Blue Star banner, or a family member who has a loved one that lost their life while serving on active duty, can contact a member of the above organizations.