The blue and gold star banner tradition began in WW I when white Service Flags bordered in red were displayed from homes, business, schools and churches to indicate, by the use of a blue star, each active service member in the U.S. Military. A gold star indicated those who had given their lives for their country.
UC Davis is honoring its military casualties in a beautiful new way. The Gold Star Aggies Wall is in the newly remodeled Memorial Union, dedicated in 1955 as a memorial to Aggies lost in war. Their names have always been on display in the Memorial Union — first on nameplates on the mantle of the fireplace in Griffin Lounge, then engraved on stainless-steel panels on a wall to the rear of the fireplace. Now those 135 names are in a much more prominent location: the East Wing hallway.
The Golden Memory Book is there, too, in a display case, alongside a pair of touch-screen monitors where people can call up pages from UC Davis' Golden Memory Book to read about our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, and see their pictures.