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Veterans Parade to honor Gold, Blue Star families

This year’s Colleton County Veterans Parade is recognizing all Blue Star and Gold Star recipients in the U.S. Military.
The annual holiday parade is sponsored by the Colleton County Veterans Council. The council has chosen to use this year’s parade to honor all Gold and Blue Star families: a Gold Star in the U.S. Military means a family member was lost in combat in a war zone, and a Blue Star represents a family member of an active-duty military serviceman or woman.
“The families of active-duty personnel and veterans go through a lot more than people realize,” said Bill Proctor, co-chairman of the Colleton County Veterans Council.
According to Proctor, the Veterans Council uses the parade each year to honor specific groups of military families and different groups of veterans. The council also sometimes uses the parade to honor organizations in the county that provide service to the county or its veterans.
“There are thousands of veterans in Colleton County, and we are trying to honor these specific families, associated with the Blue Star and Gold Star families,” he said.
Any family member with a Blue Star or a Gold Star in Colleton County will collectively serve as grand marshal of this year’s Veterans Day Parade, said Tiegs.
The parade will happen throughout downtown Walterboro on Sunday, Nov. 10th. See more specific details below on line-up and parade registrant registration information.

History of the Stars
The Blue Star Service Banner was designed in 1917 by Capt. Robert L. Quisser, who served in the 5th Ohio Infantry during World War I. His two sons also served on the front line, and the banner became an unofficial symbol for parents with a child who was active-duty military personnel.
This information was provided by Bob Tiegs, chairman of the parade, and an officer with the Colleton County Veterans Council.
Tiegs said in September of 2017, an Ohio Congressman read that the “dearest thing in all of the worlds to a father and mother is their children,” helping to then establish the Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations. Both of these groups remain active today, he said.
Then, in WWII, the U.S. Department of War issued specifications to a manufacturer on the guidelines of the Gold Star Banners and the Blue Star Banners.
Today, families display these banners when they have a loved one serving in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Tiegs. “The blue star represents one family member serving, and a banner can have up to five stars. If the individual is killed or dies, a smaller golden star is placed over it. Gold stars are placed above the blue stars or to the top right of the flag; in the event, a flag represents multiple service members.”

Colleton County Veterans Parade Details
The parade lineup begins at 2 p.m., at 494 Hampton Street in Walterboro.
The parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.
Trophies will be awarded to first place, second place, and third place entries for those who have the most patriotic entries.
For more information on the parade, or on how to register, contact the parade’s Chairman, Bob Tiegs, at 843-549-1097, or the Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office at 843-549-1412.
The parade is sponsored by the Colleton County Veterans Council.

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