Blue Star Flag Service at Woodland Beach VFD on Sunday
The Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Blue Star Service Flag Ceremony in recognition of 1st Lt. Richard Steer, Jr., USMC, who is currently serving in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Lt. Steer is a member of the Woodland Beach volunteers as a firefighter and medic.
The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the fire house, 529 Londontown Road, in Edgewater.
Steer joined the Woodland Beach VFD at 16 years old. He rose through the ranks to become a fire Lieutenant. Steer earned a Bachelors Degree in criminal justice and his Associates in paramedics.
Steer was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in a ceremony at the fire station in January 2010. He was assigned to duty in Okinawa, Japan, and currently to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Steer is slated to return home next summer.
Since 1942, the Blue Star Flag has been flown by the mother of a service member in a combat or war zone.
The Blue Star/Gold Star Flag Act of 2010 authorized immediate family members, including grandmothers and stepmothers, to fly this service flag in honor of family serving during a period of war or hostilities. Each blue star represents a family member serving.
The 2010 Blue Star Flag Act was introduced by then-Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, a combat veteran. The Act expanding who could fly the Blue Star Flag passed both chambers of Congress and was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2012.
The flags are white, rimmed in red with a blue star at the center. Flags can have multiple blue stars, each representing a family member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. A Gold Star flag represents a family member who lost his or her life in combat.
The public is invited to attend the Blue Star Flag Ceremony at the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Jan. 13.