City of La Mirada Presents Blue Star Banner
The La Mirada City Council honored Seaman Apprentice Kody Heskett and his family during a Blue Star Banner presentation at the Council meeting on Tuesday.
As a high school senior, Seaman Heskett enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and on November 9, 2007, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard boot camp with the USCG company Delta 195. He is currently stationed in Southwest Harbor, Maine on the Coast Guard Cutter USCG Bridle as an E2 Seaman Apprentice. He recently trained as a rescue swimmer for the USCG Bridle.
Once qualified, he hopes to attend “A” school as a Boatswain Mate or a Maritime Enforcement Officer to prepare him for a career in law enforcement. Once he completes his enlistment term, he plans to join the Los Angeles Police Department.
Seaman Heskett’s parents, Brett and Rizza Heskett attended the council meeting and were presented with a Blue Star Banner in honor of their son’s service to our country.
The Blue Star program originated during World War I as a way for families to indicate that a loved one was serving in the military by displaying a Blue Star Banner in the front window of their homes. This practice continues today throughout the country as a way for families and their community to honor those currently serving.
Since April 2003, the City has received over 68 applications for enrollment in the Blue Star program.
La Mirada residents with family members serving in the military, including activated members of the National Guard and Reserves, can complete an application form on the City’s website and pick up a Blue Star Banner at City Hall or arrange to be recognized at a council meeting. In addition, the service member’s name and ranking will be displayed on the City’s website.
For additional information, call (562) 943-1031 or visit cityoflamirada.org.