Blue Star Service Banners
There are few causes more important to
those of us in The American Legion, than supporting our Military and their
families, both during and after times of war. One way we show our support is
through the free distribution of Blue Star Service Banners that celebrate
and honor the families of America’s service men and women.
Ninety years ago, Army Capt. Robert L.
Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry had two sons serving in Europe. He wanted
to show his pride in what his sons were doing, so he designed a simple
banner consisting of a white field surrounded with a red border. On the
white field, up to 5 blue stars would be placed to indicate the number of
family members that were serving in the war theater.
The Following was read into the
Congressional Record by an Ohio Congressman on Sept. 24, 1917: “…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
During World War I and II, Blue Star
Service Banners were widely displayed but soon fell out of favor. After
September 11, 2001, The American Legion pledged to rekindle the spirit of
pride in our military by providing Blue Star Service Banners to the families
of active duty members.
The Blue Star Service Banner is displayed
in the front window of a home and shows a families pride in their loved
one’s service to this Country to include the National Guard and Reserves on
active service. It also acts as a reminder to the community that preserving
America’s freedom and way of life, demands sacrifice from not only the
service person, but their family as well.
If you would like a Blue Star Service
Banner, please provide us with your address and phone number, and the
names(s) of the family member(s). A Post Officer will deliver the Blue Star
Banner to your home.
A special Blue Star Banner Corporate Flag
is available for companies that have employees that have been called to
active duty. If you have an interest to show your companies pride in your
employees service, please contact us.
The American Legion
Disney-Bell Post 66
9605 Old Laurel-Bowie Rd.
Bowie, MD 20720