The Blue Service-Star Banner

What are those banners with the star in the middle that I see in windows?

Designed in 1917, by World War One Army Captain Robert Service Star BannerQuessner, the in service star banner is traditionally hung in the window of the home of a person who has a family member currently serving in the United States 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 everyone 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.  Banner is 8″x15″ with crossbar and a gold cord and tassel.  The service star is also available in a 3×5′ flag.

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