Stars for Our Troops

Owners of vehicles with military indicators on them have recently been finding little embroidered stars, recycled from old American flags, in or on their vehicles.

The stars are from the Stars for Our Troops project, which was started by a group of four women in Hernando County, Fla., and has grown to national proportions.

Embroidered stars are cut from old flags and distributed to active-duty servicemen and women, veterans and first responders with a note stating “I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.”

The stars are given as a symbol of gratitude for service.

Those working on the Stars for Our Troops project say the use of the stars from old flags is legal. The old flags are washed and cleaned before the stars are given new life. Flags used in the project must be made in the USA.

For more information on the project, visit

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