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Reviving tradition: Businessman giving away star posters

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

David Lewis, owner of Computer Central, 537 E. National Ave., is personalizing these American Soldier posters for area families free of charge.

The poster is 8 1/2-by-14 inches and reads "Proud Family of an American Soldier" followed by the rank, name and branch of service.

The poster also carries a history Lewis wrote about the star that was placed in the front windows of houses by families with loved ones in the military during World War II.

Lewis believes it would be a great tradition to revive during the current conflicts.

Right after Sept. 11, 2001, Lewis was in his new Brazil computer business and his son, Matthew, was in the Army, being sent to Okinawa.

Matthew gave David a decal that said, "Proud Parent of a Soldier."

"I wanted to make one that said, 'Proud Parent of an American Soldier,'" David said.

So he made his first poster.

"I have had requests for all branches of service," Lewis said.

There was one problem: the posters he made on an ink-jet printer were not very durable and the colors faded. But, Lewis recently purchased a color laser printer and the colors are much more durable.

Lewis is giving away the posters for free. He will make them for anyone.

"Come and ask," he said Monday morning. "If I'm here, I can make one up for them. Or, people can call (in their requests)."

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