Members of VFW Post 5815 and its Ladies Auxiliary began a program in the fall of 2009 presenting Service Flags to the immediate family members of individuals on active duty in the Armed Forces.
These flags are available free of charge to families in the Lombard area and can be obtained by contacting VFW Post 5815 Commander George Miller at 630-682-0108 or by emailing the post at VFW5815@aol.com.
We began by contacting every church and synagogue in Lombard to help us locate families.
The Village of Lombard then offered to assist the VFW in locating families entitled to these flags. Newspaper advertisements and articles announced that VFW Post 5815 would be presenting Service Flags at the Village Hall on Presidents' Day, February 15, 2010, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and to call for more information. Village President, William Mueller, and members of Post 5815 then presented flags to the family members.
The photo below shows Michelangelo Di Cosola,
James Kokines, and
William Mueller, Lombard Village President. Service Flags were presented to Sue and William Browning and to Laurie Adler.
Service flags have also been delivered to families in the Lombard area from the notices and newspaper articles that have appeared, a notice in the April-May 2010 Lombard Pride Newsletter, and signup sheets available during the Memorial Day ceremonies.
The U.S. Service Flag, or Blue Star Flag, was originally designed and patented by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queisser 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. He turned the rights to the flag over to the U.S. Government once it became popular.
The flag is white with a red border and one or more blue stars in the center - one star for each family member serving in the military during times of war or hostility. If a service member dies, the blue star is covered by a gold star that is slightly smaller in size so the edges of the blue can still be seen.
In 2001 on the historic day of 9/11, this flag became an official representation for a family to display to symbolize a serving member in the Armed Forces and was to be hung through the duration of a period of war or hostility. It is also a common practice to hang an American flag with this banner, but the American flag is to be of equal or larger size and is to hang above the service flag. The Service Flag is an indoor flag and should be flown facing out from the front window of the home or organization.
Only the immediate family members of the person serving in the United States Armed Forces on active duty are to display the flag. The list of acceptable relations includes grandparents, wife, husband, mother, father, step parent, adopted parent, foster parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, brothers, sisters, and half brothers and sisters.
This page last updated October 8, 2010