POW-MIA and Service Flags

Armed Forces and Service Flags

Military Service Banner and Flag

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Military Service Banner

The Service Flag is an official banner authorized by the Department of Defense for display by families who have members serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities the United States may be engaged in for the duration of such hostilities.

The history of the Service Flag is as patriotic and touching as the symbolism each star represents to the families that display them.

The service flag (also known as "blue star banners" or "son in service flags") was designed and patented by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. President Wilson became part of its history when in 1918 that mothers who had lost a child serving in the war to wear a gold gilt star on the traditional black mourning arm band.

This led to the tradition to cover the blue star with a gold star on the Service flag to indicate that the service member has died or been killed.

The color of the stars is also symbolic in that the blue star represents hope and pride and the gold star represents sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom.

During World War II, the practice of displaying the service flag became much more widespread. In 1942, the Blue Star Mothers of America was founded as a veteran service organization and was part of a movement to provide care packages to military members serving overseas and also provide assistance to families who encountered hardships as a result of their son or husband serving during the war.

In 1960, Congress chartered the Blue Star Mothers of America as a veterans service organization and in 1966, the Department of Defense revised the specifications for the design, manufacture and display of the Service Flag.

The Department of Defense specifies that family members authorized to display the flag include the wife, husband, mother, father, stepfather, parent through adoption, foster parents who stand or stood in loco parentis, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters, half brothers and half sisters of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States. The flag should be displayed in a window of the residence of person who are members of the immediate family.

The Service Flag may also be displayed by an organization to honor the members of that organization serving in the Armed Forces during a period of war or hostilities.

Source: National Flag Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA usflag.org

The 8 x 15" fringed vertical banners are printed and mounted on a gold crossbar with gold cord and tassel. These service banners are available in 1, 2, or 3 blue stars to represent the number of active duty family members and 1 and 2 gold stars to represent the supreme sacrifice. Price $11.90 each.

Blue Star Mom Service Flag

The 3 x 5' Service Flag is printed on Nyl-Glo nylon with polyester heading and grommets. Price $21.00 each.

Military Officer flags are available in 3 x 4' and 3 x 5' size. Stars are appliqued on Durawavez nylon material. Outdoor flags come with polyester heading and brass grommets. Indoor flags are finished with a pole hem and are available with fringe or plain (without fringe). Branches available include Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

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POW-MIA Outdoor Flags

This design is screen dyed on heavy weight nylon with black background and white  emblem and lettering.  Single flag reads correctly on the front and reverse on the back.  Double seal reads correctly on both sides of the flag.  Outdoor flags have polyester heading and brass grommets.
Size Seal Each
2 x 3' Single $16.50
3 x 5' Single $29.25
4 x 6' Single $40.50
5 x 8' Single $68.50
2 x 3' Double $31.50
3 x 5' Double $49.25
4 x 6' Double $104.25

Indoor Flag Set with Fringe

POW-MIA Indoor and Parade flags This design is screen dyed on heavy weight nylon with black background and white emblem and lettering. Indoor flags have pole hems and are available with or without fringe.
Size Seal Pole Hem Each
3 x 5' Single Plain $45.40
4 x 6' Single Plain $58.80
3 x 5' Single Fringe $54.40
4 x 6' Single Fringe $70.00
3 x 5' Double Plain $66.60
4 x 6' Double Plain $73.20
3 x 5' Double Fringe $77.00
4 x 6' Double Fringe $88.00
Armed Forces Desk Flag Set Perfect for desk sets or decoration these flags are fully printed  stapled on a staff with a gold spear.  The 4 x 6' flags are printed on rayon material with a 10" black staff and gold spear and match the miniature Armed Forces flags.  ITEM: MILS-4x6 $14.00.

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