Friday, June 14, 2013

The Service Member's Flag

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States of America. As a nation, we've carried and displayed many different flags as our nation grew, as well as flags to honor and remember specific causes.   One flag that has seen a resurgence since its use during WWII is the Service Member's Flag, also known as the "Son in Service Flag."
The framed flag (above) is the Service Flag that was displayed in the homes of my Grandfather during WWI and then for my father, in the framed photo next to the flag, during WWII.  Carrying on the family tradition, I displayed this flag in my front room window while my former husband served in Iran and finally when my son served each of two tours in Iraq.  Time and direct sunlight has taken its toll on the flag. We've preserved it in a frame due to the extensive wear this dear flag has endured over the years.
Are you familiar with the history of the Service Member Flag?  If not, here is a brief description:
The Service flag was first displayed in the front windows of homes during World War I to signify a son or husband serving in the Armed Forces. The flag quickly became known as the "son in service flag" with each blue star indicating one family member. During World War II, the Department of War issued specifications on the manufacture of the flag as well as guidelines indicating when and by whom the Service flag could be flown or the Service Lapel button could be worn (an example of the flag can be seen hanging in the window of Mrs. Ryan's house in the movie Saving Private Ryan). 
The blue star represents one family member serving in the Armed Forces. The blue star is covered or replaced with a gold star to indicate that the family member was killed or died during the war or period of hostilities. The blue star represents hope and pride, and the gold star represents sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom.
Each blue star indicates one family member serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. If multiple stars are shown, a gold star takes the place of honor nearest the staff. 
The Service flag is authorized for display by Americans to honor their family members who are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during ANY period of war or hostilities. It is not necessary for the Service member to be stationed overseas, or be present where hostilities are taking place. All of the military service members contribute to the performance of our Armed forces regardless of where they are located, and they can also be called upon at any time to enter combat!
Thank you for letting me share a bit of my family history today as it applies to Flag Day. 
Long may she wave!
Until next time,
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