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Fallen soldiers’ families throughout the Department of Washington are honored to have their loved one’s image posted on permanent banners.


Another time, Leu’s unit had just started a parade route when a young woman ran toward the group, over- whelmed at the sight of her twin brother’s image on a banner. Their mother hadn’t been able to prepare her. The soldier’s sister carried his banner that day. “This is a program that has


mushroomed across the state,” Leu said. She is responsible for the logistics of transporting or arranging transfers of the banners to events in the western half of Washington while Kim Cole covers the eastern half. “It’s just a win, win, win,” Small said of the project. These banners serve as


healing symbols for Gold Star families, they raise awareness (and media attention) in numerous communities, provide Auxiliaries a good way to work the Americanism Program and draw new members to Auxiliaries all at the same time, she said.


“I’ve signed up members all over the state of Washington. People will say, ‘We had no idea you did this sort of thing. We want to be a part of it.’” Auxiliaries and Departments who


want more information can contact Judy Leu at leu.judy@gmail.com or Diane Small at dsmall566@comcast.net. MS


Department of Washington member Tami Elliott (far left) carries the Ladies Auxiliary banner at the head of a parade of Fallen Soldier Banners.


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