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Service Star Banners

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The Service Flag is an official banner authorized by the Department of Defense for display by families who have members serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities the United States may be engaged in for the duration of such hostilities.


The In Service Banner was designed in 1917 by WWI Army Captain Robert Quessner, the service star banner is traditionally hung in the window of the home of a person who has a family member currently serving in the U.S. military.  That person can be a son, daughter, wife, husband, etc.  The blue star represents one family member currently in service; a gold star on a banner represents a family member who was killed during service.  Seeing these banners today in windows of homes reminds every one of us that war is not something that happens overseas on far-away lands, but is something that affects every street and neighborhood in our country.  One, Two and Three Blue Star Banners are 8″ x 15″ with crossbar and gold cord tassel.  Also available are 3’x 5′ flags.