The Blue Star Salute is a program initiated to recognize and honor local members of the military and their families. The Organizing Committee took it a bit further by including veterans of the various wars, police actions, and deployments. Post 423 Milton sponsored three Salutes over the past three years, with Jefferson High School hosting: July 3, 2013, May 2, 2015, and October 15, 2016. A reception for the honorees and their families followed each event.
The first Salute honored members of the Armed Forces and Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. As many 35 members were honored. The second Salute honored members of the Armed Forces, all veterans of the Vietnam War. Again, as many as 35 members were honored at this ceremony as well. The third Salute honored Members of the Armed Forces, all Veterans, and veterans of Vietnam, the Korean War, and World War II. More than 50 active members and veterans were honored.
Over 300 invitations were sent to known members of the Armed Forces and Veterans of Jefferson Township and their families announcing the Salute. The total cost of the Salutes was $7500, raised by donations solicited from local businesses and collection sites. There was no cost to the Post. The committee that ran the Salutes were comprised of members of American Legion Post 423 and members of the community at large. Each Salute was five months in the planning, and the hard work and time invested was evident by the enthusiast turnouts and obvious reverence paid to the honorees, and in fact, all veterans everywhere.