What's this new fad of putting a star on your house. When I first saw
it I thought a general lived there. Then I saw another and another and
thought 'are all the generals retiring here'?. Now there are hundreds
around this area. What's up with that?
on 2/28/2008 8:30 PM Blattus Slafaly £ ¥ 0/00 :) said the following:
Don't know. My neighbor has a large red one on the side of his house
facing the driveway. It was his wife's idea and purchase. I humorously
asked him if they were communists. I said 'at least you could light up
up for Christmas'.
Here in Texas, they are called "Texas Stars", and they based on the state
flag. The ones with a circle around them (called a "tire" for some reason)
are reminiscent of the badges worn by Texas Rangers. They're a tradition
here. For some reason, they've become very popular lately.
I guess each state has a different reason for them. Here in N.E. Ohio
they are a sign that a military member lived/lives there. Silver star
for active, gold star signifies that a military member gave his/her
life. My sister has 2 silver stars. Agree with the war or not, God
bless our troops!
Those are Texans, and it is the LoneStar. Texans are always
proud to display their state symbol. When I first started
reading this, I couldn't figure out how you could be so dense!
Then I realized that I was in a national newsgroup, and not in
one of my local ones. I had you pegged as a real Yankee, for sure!
In fact, I am surprised that you have them anywhere but Texas (if
you are). They are so numerous here, that you can buy them at
the convenience store. Maybe the fashion is moving outwards from
on 2/28/2008 10:10 PM Robert Allison said the following:
Isn't the Texas lone star white? I wouldn't think that a real Texan
would put a red star on his house.
My neighbor was born and raised in New York and his wife is from Chile.
The Chilean flag is almost like the Texas state flag. Maybe she thought
it was a Chilean thing, but her star is still not white.
The one on the flag is white, but around here, a star is any
color. I have seen black, white, blue, silver.... If its a
star, its the Lonestar of Texas. I can't remember seeing red,
but I will look around and see. I know that I have seen burnt
orange, cuz that is the Texas Longhorns colors.
Well, it could. To the residents of Waterville, perhaps the Texas Star, like
the cross on the neighborhood church, represents the abiding faith that
someday they'll get to Texas. If not them, at least their children or their
It's common for immigrants to adopt the slogan: "I wasn't born in Texas, but
I got here as soon as I could."
The Lone Star flag represents the unique history of the state. Texas is the
only state that was an independent republic at the time it joined the union.
Texas became a state as a result of a treaty between soverign nations, not
by conquest or purchase.
That, of course, is the sanitized version...having just finished
Sherman's and Grant's memoirs over the winter with their careers both
beginning in the period prior to the Civil War, there's more to learn... :)
The last several months of his life were spent there, yes. He actually
was suffering throat cancer. The bulk of the volumes had been
previously written but he had a time of a few months during which his
condition improved sufficiently he was able to complete the last chapter
or so and make some editorial changes to the final volume while there.
Not sure what the homes were called (infirmaries). Homes where built
purposely with large porches. Patients went there for the mountain air
Beautiful place. I lived in view of Saranac Lake. Stayed at the bed
and breakfast while we bought a home.
Maybe you have a lot of Texans that moved there. Maybe you have
one Texan that put one on his house and the fashion caught on
without any of the rest knowing why, they just liked it. Maybe
you have a guy that sells Texas Lonestars and decided that he
didn't just have to sell them in Texas. Maybe people just like
stars. I know we just love 'em round these parts.
Y'all have a nice day now, ya hear?
I wouldn't look too hard for true meaning. This retired Texan who
emigrated to Maine (only for the view) has seen these stars often here
but they all carried the ubiquitous message "made in China."
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