The Blue Star Flag was created in 1917. It was hung in windows of homes to denote that a member of the family was serving in the armed forces.
The Blue Star Flag was designed and patented by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. This flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service.
On Sept. 24, 1917, an Ohio congressman read the following into the Congressional Record: “…The mayor of Cleveland, the Chamber of Commerce and the governor of Ohio have adopted this service flag. The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother -- their children."
The number of stars designate the number of children serving in the military. During WWII, one of the most famous Blue Star Banners was that of the Sullivan Family in Waterloo, Iowa. The banner had five stars for the five sons serving in the Navy.
The blue star designates hope and pride.
Flying the Blue Star Service Banner shows the community that your family is sacrificing for the welfare and protection of the country with a member of your family proudly serving in the United States Armed Forces.
With gratitude to all of the Blue Star Families in our country... you are in our thoughts and prayers.
If you are a member of a Blue Star Family and you want to get a banner, there are many resources, including The American Legion http://emblem.legion.org/AmericanLegn/dept.asp?mscssid=TWS58WM6WDMU9J2KPSHAPA1NT9B04FN2&Gift=false&GiftID=&dept_id=152