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The tradition of the service flag dates back to World War I. Mothers of young soldiers hand stitched red, white, and blue flags to hang in their windows as a sign that a loved one had gone to fight in the war. The flag design was simple, a white flag with a red border and a single blue star for each family member in Service. Each flag could hold up to six stars. If a family member unfortunately lost their life in the line of duty, the mother would stitch a gold star over one of the Blue stars to honor her fallen loved one. This tradition was later extended to the wives and families of service men serving during the war. This tradition encountered a huge resurgence in World War II and again during the Korean War. Even during Desert Storm some U.S. ships sent service flags to the families of everyone aboard.


On May 28, 1918, President Wilson approved a suggestion made by the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defenses that, instead of wearing conventional mourning for relatives who died in the service of their country, American women should wear a black band on the left arm with a gilt star on the band for each member of the family who gave his life for the nation.


This concept evolved to the display of a service flag, usually hung from the window of a family residence or other building. The service flag was displayed from homes, places of business, churches, schools, etc., to indicate the number of members of the family or from the indicated organization who were serving in the Armed Forces or died from such service. Service flags have a deep blue star for each living member in the service and a gold star for each member who has died. Thus, the gold Star and the term Gold Star Mother was applied to mothers whose sons or daughters died in the World Wars.

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