The old tradition of families hanging flags with gold stars on windows to signify the death of a son or daughter in the military is getting a modern update: putting them on vehicle license plates.
Michigan’s new Gold Star Family plates are now available for immediate family members of service members killed in combat.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson gave the first two gold star plates, freshly stamped at the state prison near Adrian, to two mothers who lost sons in wars: Valerie May of Midland, whose son Army Cpl. Rollie Northhouse, 19, of Saginaw was killed in Vietnam in 1968, and Carol Johnson of Howell, who lost her son Army Staff Sgt. Gregory McCoy, 26, of Webberville in 2006 in Iraq.
Source: Matt Helms for the Detroit Free Press.