VFW giving stars to area vets

Veterans in area nursing homes will receive special stars in recognition of their service this Valentine’s Day, thanks to the Minot VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

On Tuesday, Val Potter, juvenile drug court coordinator, and three teenagers under the supervision of the juvenile court helped cut out stars from retired U.S. flags that will be distributd to the veterans. Potter’s son, Riker, 7, and daughter Lauren, 9, carefully put each cut-out star in a small plastic bag along with a verse that read, “I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are remembered.”

Peggy Headrick, auxiliary president, said she hopes to donate more than 100 of the stars to veterans next month. Headrick said the remnants of the flags will be properly disposed of later.

The auxiliary got the idea for their service project from a Hints from Heloise newspaper column about the national “Stars for Our Troops” program. Headrick and Potter said they know the veterans will appreciate getting the stars. Headrick’s husband received one years ago in Kentucky and still has it pinned to the back of his Vietnam cap, she said.