We are accepting names and addresses of our armed forces, so they can receive their Stars. 100 Stars are sent to all currently serving. Veterans will receive 50 Stars to share. Add a message to your soldier. Include your name and address and we will send you 2 Stars and a copy of the card sent.


Organizations that are sending packages overseas, please consider adding Stars to the packages. We will send you the instructions for your own group to make them. We do not supply Stars for organization at this time.

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Want to participate by creating Stars in your neighborhood so you will be able to share the love of our country with those serving and those that served? Have a Star Party!!

This is a project for all ages. Let us know and we will e-mail the instructions. A Star Maker STARter Kit is also available, consisting of  a packet of 10 Stars, 2 cantons and the pouches that the Stars go into with the note, all for a donation of $11.

Stars For Our Troops

Welcomes you to find out more about how You
and We can show support to those
that have Served and those that Are Serving.

We are a group of volunteers that are continuing what was started by a group of ladies in Florida called the Star Project about 2005. See "Star Project Begins"

Old tattered and faded US Flags are retired from service and we pass the legacy of their embroidered Stars to those that defended them.

We are cutting the fields of blue, known as the canton, from these old flags, then scissor off the embroidered stars.

Into a plastic bag go a star and an explanation:

"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 winds have caused me  to become tattered and torn.
Please carry me as a reminder that
You are not forgotten." 

Flags should be approximately 5 feet by 3 feet, so that the embroidered stars are about the size of half-dollars or smaller than a business card.

Collectors of flags in the Albany, NY area include: Gettysburg Flag Works, East Greenbush; Saratoga Flag, Gansevoort;  your local Kiwanis Club or to Advanced Hearing Aid Centers, Colonie. Remnants of flags will be properly retired as noted in Flag Etiquette.

Susan E Wells518-235-1558
PO Box 301
Troy, NY 12182-0301
email me
"White Star"

Listen to what a Veteran felt when he entered into a discussion about Stars for our Troops.
Thank you  Bill Notro.
He wrote this song BEFORE he received his Star. 
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Stars for our Troops is only funded by YOUR donations.

There are no corporate sponsors. Volunteers cut the cantons from the useable flags, wash the cantons, cut and pouch the Stars, but supplies and postage are purchased.

100% of donations are used to continue this great project.

Thank you for your encouragement and donation.
Your USA made old, retired flags with EMBROIDERED Stars no larger than a business card are needed today to continue this project. Please do not send printed flags or large Flags or Flags not made in the USA.

Please mail flags to:
                                    Susan/Stars for our Troops
715 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Receive 2 Stars for your flag(s) donation.
Casket Flags  or any large flag should be donated to your local national cemetery. They will acknowledge receipt of the flag and it will be used to honor our fallen heroes.
The response to the 2013 Memorial Day article by Reuters has been beyond expectation. Please read and share.

Thank You - count as of 5/24/13 was  2753 hits.
In 2013 Gettysburg Flag Works received 3807 flags for the program.  Of those flags 2305 were of a usable size which works out to 61% of the flags. 

With the usable flags we were then able to make 115,250 pouched stars to thank that many soldiers or veterans!


Why we are doing Stars for our Troops!!

I am retired Air Force - 42 years. Currently Vice Chairman for the 105th Airlift Wing Alumni Association. The Unit is the 105th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, Stewart ANGB, Newburgh NY. Our Association is a Non-Profit and can be seen on Facebook,"105 Airlift Wing Alumni Association". Our Mission is to support its members and family especially those currently serving on deployments. I think this is a wonderful idea to keep our worn flags around rather than burning in a ceremony.

Frank, New Windsor NY                                                                     August 2014

The response to the December 2013 article by Heloise has been wonderful. Please read and share.

Star Distribution 2014

The NYS Capital District Star Makers have made and distributed over 65,000 Stars
as of August 10, 2014.
How do you dispose of a torn, soiled or damaged flag?
Section 8(k), Chapter 1, Title 4, United States Code states the flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

There are Organizations that are  questioning the project called Stars for our Troops, stating it goes against the US Flag Code. The Code is a recommendation on how the flag is handled in different circumstances. Dignity and respectablility are how these Flags and Stars are handled. 

The Flag Code was written in1923, when all flags were biodegradable. Today, they are synthetic, thus toxic when burned, may become a glob of plastic when burned at low flame. Flags do not need to be burned, they can be buried and may not disintegrate in 200 years.

Please follow what is in your heart about this project. Do not deny others the right to make their own decision about the project. That is what this country is based upon, the right for each of us to agree to disagree.

Speak to someone that has received a Star. Read the messages received from our soldiers and veterans.

We thank you for your concern.

Please note:
There are NO Flag Police!
The other day, 32 packages of flags were sent to Stars for our Troops.
There were a total of 258 flags.

108 of them are usable for this project.

150 were not usable. They were printed, Star bigger than 2 inch, not USA made, flags too large or casket flag.

58% of the items received must be bagged up and disposed of before I can work on the flags that are usable.

It took 4 hours to log each package, count and separate the number of flags, usable and unusable.

Yes, we are all volunteers.
We appreciate your donation of flags.