Our Humble Beginning

When Larry Nolan, returned from a convention held in Texas, he was very excited about the “Texas Stars Project” that was presented to the group. As we listened to him talk about their project, showing us what they had done and how it could further recognize the men and women who serve and have served our country, we too caught that enthusiasm.


We wanted to take the idea
and run with it in Illinois,
naming our pledge,
“The Illinois Star Warriors®
Thus, our program began.

Somewhat ironically, our program
kicked off on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
To date, with the outpouring of support thru flag donations, supplies and volunteers, we have cut out and put together more than 200,000
“Stars Of Appreciation®”
to hand out to our servicemen and women and veterans.


We have been honored to receive from the
Cook County Board of Commissioners a
Resolution honoring our
Illinois Star Warriors Program®


Sponsored by
The Late Cook County Commissioner,
 Joan Patricia Murphy


Co-Sponsored by
Toni Preckwinkle, Board President
William M. Beavers, Jerry Butler,
Earlean Collins, John P. Daley,
John A. Fritchey, Bridget Gainer,
Jesus G. Garcia,
Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman,
Gregg Goslin, Edwin Reyes,
Timothy O. Schneider, Peter N. Silvestri,
Deborah Sims,
Robert B. Steele, Larry Suffredin,
and Jeffery R. Tobolski,
County Commissioners.


Our “Stars Of Appreciation®  have been handed out at many events


“Salute to Our Armed Forces Programs”
hosted by
The Late Cook County Commissioner,
Joan Patricia Murphy


We have participated in programs with:
VITAS Hospice Care
Dignity Memorial 
Veterans Assistance Commission
of Cook County, Illinois
Blue Island Veterans Day Parades
Honor Flight (Jack Riffice)
VFW Posts and American Legion
Posts in Illinois
Lockport Illinois American Legion Post
w/the Moving Wall Presentation
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery,  
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Lincoln-Way Disabled Vets Benefits
Flag Day Celebrations with
Oak Lawn Elks #2254
Nation of Patriots Rides
Berwyn, Illinois Moving Wall Presentation
Operation Freedom
Veterans Outreach Programs
Wellness Resource Fairs for
Military Veterans
Illinois Harley Davidson
Veterans Day Events
Women On Wheels® & Northwind Riders
July 4th Parades
and Celebrations in Illinois
Veterans Day Celebrations all over Illinois
Memorial Day Celebrations in Illinois


Check Out Our Photo Gallery


It seems the more we talk to people about our program, more opportunities present themselves to honor these brave individuals.


We have SO many volunteers who come out and participate.
It has formed relationships, not only for us but in our communities.
We are all in this together.


We are excited to be a part of this program
that honors our military and veterans.


Sandra Sexton
Larry Nolan
Vice President
Mary Ferguson
Vice President
Jeanette Schimpf