Steve and Diana Newton of Clever, Missouri believe in their mission to honor the wounded men and women of the United States Military.
Founder of The Silver Star Families of America, Steven J. Newton, designed the Silver Star Flag and Banner with the determination to bring recognition to our Wounded Heroes and our Veterans of all wars, past and present.
In talking with the family of a wounded Soldier, who had received medals and had been in and out of various hospitals since he was wounded, a few things became prominent. Though this Hero had been honored by his friends and town people, it took only a short time for the medals to go into a drawer and the townspeople to forget him. No one came to visit anymore and all the wounded Soldier had was his elderly parents. No one remembered and no one cared.
The memory of this country is short when it comes to the painful memories of war. These “results of war” are hard to take; not very many people like to actually see the living results—results that impact the lives of thousands of disabled veterans. Attend a Vietnam Vets meeting and you will see many walking wounded, not just from this country but veterans from all our allies. They should not be hidden away because it is painful for us to see them. And they should NOT be forgotten.
But who remembers their sacrifice? Until now, no National Flag symbol has ever materialized for a Wounded Soldier even though there is a Blue Star Flag for Service and a Gold Star Flag for our Honored Dead.
Something is needed to remind everyone of the blood shed for this nation. A Flag and Banner that when seen would force people to remember what others had done for them in the name of freedom. When they see this Flag it would automatically remind them of the pain and suffering of those who sacrificed for them.
Thus the Silver Star Flag was born—a Silver Star Shining for Sacrifice. A Silver Star that includes ALL our wounded from ALL wars and representing the lowest of the low and the highest of the high.
An organization of great people soon followed because they too believed in remembering the sacrifice of so many. By the grace of God our Father, “The Silver Star Families of America” was founded on April 11th 2005, and received 501(c) (3) status on December 5th 2005. An organization that has only one mission and that is to remember and assist our wounded in any and all ways possible. And to make sure others remember them.