Did you know? Residents of Des Plaines and its neighboring communities can now order Blue Star Service Banners from our local VFW Post 2992. If you have a family member currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, Post 2992 encourages you to join this ongoing tradition of displaying a Blue Star Service Banner in the window of your home.
The Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry. Queisser’s two sons served on the front line. His banner quickly became the unofficial symbol for parents with a child in active military 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.” Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations were established during World War I and remain active today.
The Blue Star Service Banner is an 8.5-by-14-inch white field with one or more blue stars sewn onto a red banner. The size varies but should be in proportion to the U.S. flag. The blue star represents one family member serving, and a banner can have up to five stars. If the individual is killed or dies, a smaller golden star is placed over it. Gold stars are placed above the blue stars or to the top right of the flag, in the event a flag represents multiple service members.
If you have a family member currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, Post 2992 encourages you to join this ongoing tradition of displaying a Blue Star Service Banner in the window of your home. Please contact Post Commander Michael Lake by calling 224.425.8124, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit them on Facebook at Des Plaines VFW Post 2992!