Military

Silver Star Service Banner Day

Photo by Cpl. Sean Harp, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) via  Flickr

Photo by Cpl. Sean Harp, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) via Flickr

May 1st is Silver Star Service Banner Day; a time to recognize those who have been awarded The Silver Star Medal, and remember the sacrifices of our wounded and ill veterans. The Silver Star is described as the third-highest military decoration for valor in combat and is typically awarded for actions over a short-term and may be earned for specific acts in combat. Compare that to other types of medals for longer-term service-the Meritorious Service Medal, for example, which is awarded at the end of a military tour when conditions warrant.