Service Flag

Written by Donald Sparacin
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You couldn't be prouder of your son or daughter for deciding to serve their country in uniform, so you should show that pride by hanging a service flag. During time of war, immediate families let others know that they have someone serving by the display of a service flag. This is a rectangular flag with a wide red border, white inside, and centered with a blue five-point star.

Display the Service Flag Proudly

The tradition of the service flag began by mothers of sons serving in World War I. They made their service flag by hand and displayed it in the front window of their home to let others know that they waited and prayed for a safe homecoming and victory. The most famous service flag is the one flown by the Sullivan family during World War II. Five sons of the Sullivans were killed on the USS Juneau.

There is one blue star for every family member serving during time of war, and the star goes to gold for any member killed in action or in service during time of war. The gold star is always displayed on the top. This flag isn't for anyone that doesn't have an immediate family member serving, so you won't see that many of them. But when you do see a service flag, please understand that that is a family that is making a sacrifice for you.


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