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A Blue Star Banner ceremony, honoring Seaman Maddie Azzardi, her mother, Wendy Smitley, and her grandparents, John and Laurie Haney, all of Wainwright, was conducted at the American Legion in Newcomerstown. Seaman Azzardi is a 2013 graduate of Indian Valley High School. After graduation, she attended Kent State - Tuscarawas, until she enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 2014. She plans to continue her education while in the Navy. She serves as a Master At Arms and hopes to add to her four-year contract with the Navy. Receiving the Blue Star Banners were both her mother and grandparents. Seaman Azzardi and her family said they were honored for the banners and they will proudly represent members of all the armed services and those that have served. In the picture are Seaman Azzardi, her family, and members of the American Legion Post 431, Veterans of Foreign Wars 3303, and Vietnam Veterans of America 532. Anyone with a loved one serving and wanting a Blue Star Banner, contact a member of these organizations.