Bridge City and Orangefield families with members on active military duty will have another opportunity this year to show their pride for their loved ones and their patriotism for the country.

Families of service members will be honored in a special ceremony and receive Blue Banners for active duty members at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Circle Drive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 100 Circle Dr., Bridge City.

As a fundraiser for this event, American Legion Post 250 will host a link sale starting at approximately 11 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at 2215 Texas Ave., Bridge City, across the street from the Bridge City Police Station and Reliable Dry Cleaners. Post members are hoping to raise enough funds to keep the program alive for families to display Blue Star Banners for service men and women.

Post members are compiling a list of Bridge City and Orangefield families who may have their active duty loved ones included. Applications will be available at Saturday’s fundraiser.

The Blue Star Banner program honors local families with loved ones serving in the military.

World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queissner, of the 5th Ohio Infantry, designed the Blue Star Banner in 1917. The Banner quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. Each Blue Star on a Banner represents one family member serving. The Banner can have up to five stars, representing five family members serving.

Families display the banners in the front windows of their homes to show their pride in their loved ones. The Banner is also designed to remind others of the high demands placed on service members to preserve America’s freedom.

“It brings each of us a special feeling as we see the appreciation of these parents on their faces,” Post Commander Michael Reilly said. “We must never forget the price others are paying overseas for our freedom.”