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Blue Star awarded to Vynne

Mel Vynne, mother of LTJG Fletcher Vynne, a 2003 FHHS graduate is the latest recipient of the Blue Star Banner awarded by the American Legion Auxiliary.

The custom of the Blue Star Banner began in WWI as a symbol that a family has a loved one in military service during time of war. The banner displayed in the front window of a home shows a family's pride in their loved one serving in the military and reminds others that preserving America's freedom demands much.

The American Legion Auxiliary sends monthly care packages to any local related soldier, sailor or Marine serving combat areas. Any San Juan Islander who has a friend or relative serving in harm’s way can contact Minnie Knych at 378-7040 to have monthly packages sent to that service man or woman.

Fletcher’s mother gave advice on the snacks her son preferred and contributed items to fill the monthly boxes.

“We send homemade cookies, snacks and hygiene comfort items monthly just to remind the military members that we care and are grateful for their service,” says Knych. Every effort is made to provide any items of special request from the service men.

Minnie Knych awarded the Blue Star Banner to Mel Vynne at the December box packing. LTJG Fletcher Vynne is serving in the Navy and is currently stationed in the Persian Gulf.

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