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Official Service Star Banner, All Styles

Service Banner Flag Blue Gold Star


In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson approved a new device that could replace the wearing of traditional mourning for loved ones who have died in service to our Nation, and also foster home-front pride for those risking their lives for our freedom. Then known as the Service Flag, we now more descriptively refer to it as the Service Banner. The familiar colors and proportions of the Banner derive from a version copyrighted by Captain R. L. Queisser in 1917. This copyright has since passed to the United States Department of Defense, which regulates the authorization to manufacture Service Banners.

"The Service Flag displayed from homes. places of business, churches, schools, etc., to indicate the number of members of the family or organizations who are serving in the Armed Forces or who have 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." Usually hung in an exterior window, the banners became commonplace in homes where anxious yet proud families waited for word from their sons, husbands, brothers and friends striving to free those an ocean away.

Constructed of white satin ribbon, deeply screen printed with crimson and federal blue or metallic gold, these banners today as in the past serve as a reminder of our unity and precious freedom as Americans.  The nylon flag is finished with strong canvas heading with brass grommets. 

Item Number: SERVICE