Donate a flag or flags with Embroidered Stars
Gettysburg Flag Works in East Greenbush, NY has been accepting Flags with embroidered Stars for the Stars for our Troops since April 2011 with 3,633 flags received in 2011.
In 2012 we received 2787 flags for the program. Of those flags 1676 were of a usable size or 60% of the flags. With the usable flags we were then able to make 83,800 pouched stars to thank that many soldiers or veterans!
The EMBROIDERED Stars that are used are less than the size of a business card. About 1/3 of the flags received were useable. Please DO NOT send Flags that are printed or Stars too big to use. We use Flags made only in the USA. The best size flags are 3'x5' and 4'x 6'.
Click on this picture showing flags received.
Can you pick out the ones we CAN'T use?
We are all volunteers and it takes a lot of time to sort and dispose of the unuseable flags. We would rather use the time to create the Stars and send them out to our military.
Flags from Military funerals should be given to your local National Cemetery for their display along the roads of the cemetery of to your local funeral home.
If you would like to contribute a flag(s) to this effort,
please send to:
Attn: Susanw/Stars for our Troops Inc.
715 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Those addressed to Susan designate readers of this website or readers of an article about Stars for our Troops.
If you have an abundance of flags to send, we recommend that you contact us first, then retire the flags, remove the cantons without cutting into the blue area, and ship to the above address. This will save on shipping, and you can give the stripes to your local Veteran organization for disposal. All cantons are washed and vinegar is added to the rinse water to remove all mold, pollen, etc. With the blue area uncut, it allows the material to be washed without unraveling and ruining the canton and the washer and dryer.
Attn: Susan/Stars for our Troops Inc.
1940 Route 32N at Route 50
Gansevoort, NY 12831