May 1 is set aside as a day to recognize those who have been awarded the Silver Star Medal and to honor those veterans who have been wounded or are ill. This day is known as Silver Star Service Banner Day. In 2010 a Congressional resolution was passed recognizing Silver Star Service Banner Day. At that time, groups like The Silver Star Families of America were formed to help wounded and ill veterans as well as current service members. The day itself was said to “honor wounded, ill, and injured veterans.” 

The Silver Star Medal is considered the third highest medal a military member can receive. It is generally awarded for specific acts of valor in combat. 

Silver Star Service Banner recognizes all those military members, past and present, who have either been awarded a Silver Star or are ill, wounded, or injured. Check with your local military installation for any ceremonies that may accompany the observance of this day.