Although she couldn\u2019t spend Mother\u2019s Day with her son Christopher James \u201cC.J.\u201d Martin, 25, a sailor in the U.S. Navy, Lauren Martin was happy to receive a commemorative plaque and Blue Star banners and decals from the Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 in Shelton. \u201cThe American Legion is proud of your loved ones,\u201d Commander Dave Gallagher said to the family members gathered at the Blue Star Salute. \u201cWe\u2019re here to help you. All you have to do is ask.\u201d Mike Kellett, a former commander, said American Legion Post 16 regularly honors the Shelton families who have spouses and children serving in the armed forces. Common sight during WWI and WWII The Blue Star Service banners were created in 1917 and were a common sight during World War I and World War II, he said. They are traditionally placed in the windows of families who have a child or spouse in active military service. Along with Martin, servicemen and women honored at ceremony were Spc. Timothy J. Adams Jr., Army; Spc. Danielle Cabrera, Army Reserve, who is on active duty; Capt. Brandon Kennedy, Army; Capt. Joe Simonetti, Air Force; and Sgt. Michael Torres, Marine Corps. Thinking of family Martin said her son was currently stationed at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, Miss. He enlisted about a year ago and is scheduled to be deployed in January. Dolores and Joseph Kalakay, grandparents of Timothy Adams, 22, attended the ceremony. His mother, Theresa Adams, was on her way to see him in Colorado. She was accompanied by his wife, Lexie Miller Adams, and the couple\u2019s newborn daughter, Aria. Dolores Kalakay said she was surprised when her grandson decided to enlist in the Army.\u00a0\u201cHe had a lot of friends, though, who went into the armed forces,\u201d she said. Adams graduated from Emmett O\u2019Brien Technical High School. When Danielle Cabrera, 21, returns to Shelton in two months, she will get ready to attend Penn State University. A member of the MP Brigade 333, she is currently at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Stephen Zampedri, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, accepted the Blue Star decals and plaque on behalf of Danielle\u2019s mother, Susan Kupec. She had read in the Shelton Herald that the veterans organization was searching for enlisted soldiers from Shelton to honor at its Blue Star Salute. However, she was working when the ceremony took place. \u201cI\u2019ll be giving the banners and plaque to Susan, and Danielle asked me to take photos and to send them to her, too,\u201d Zampedri said. \u2018We\u2019re all in this together\u2019 Mayor Mark A. Lauretti congratulated family members and praised the American Legion\u2019s service in the Shelton community. \u201cAt the end of the day, we\u2019re all in this together,\u201d Lauretti said. \u201cThis is our America, and those who serve are our sons and daughters and our relatives and friends. We, as Americans, must recognize those who make sacrifices on our behalf.\u201d Also in attendance were Alderman Anthony F. Simonetti and Alderman John \u201cJack\u201d Finn, who is a member of the American Legion Post 16\u2019s honor guard. State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton was on hand to meet with families before the ceremony began, said Kellett. The Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 was formed in 1919 by veterans of World War I. There are currently 450 members, 48 Ladies Auxiliary members, and 70 Sons of the American Legion.