SABBATTUS — The Sabattus Harry J. Conway American Legion recently conducted a Blue Star Service Banner presentation to seven local military families with members currently serving in the military.

The families recognized with a certificate and Blue Star banner were: Katie Davis (1st Lt. Adam Davis); Tracey Rancourt (Master Sgt. James Rancourt); Julie Rocray (Staff Sgt. Woodbury Nickerson); Mallory Hammond (Sgt. Cody Hammond); Jamie Poulin (Sgt. Nicholas Poulin); and Tiffany Libby (Sgt. Matthew Libby). Also recognized, but unable to attend, was Jess Jacobson (Sgt. Timothy Jacobson).

The Blue Star Service Banner program is an annual event hosted by the Sabattus American Legion Post to recognize military members and their immediate family. Maine Sen. Garrett Mason was present also to recognize their contributions.

The Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. It quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in the service.

Today, families display these banners when they have a loved one serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information about this program go to www.americanlegionpost135.sabattus.net, or call 375-4058. Application forms can also be downloaded at the website and sent in at any time for this annual event.


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