A City's service flag

A symbol of pride for those who served

     Headlines reading "Big Service Flag- City of Topeka to have a monster military banner" were frequently printed on the front pages of newspapers from coast to coast. From a few hundred to several thousands, stars were sewn on service flags and proudly flown in cities, towns, churches, and universities in recognition of the men and women serving in the Armed Forces. 

     From a small town in northern Illinois, this World War I service flag consists of 133 stars. The 87 blue stars represents those serving, the 45 stars in silver symbolizes the men and women who were wounded, and the Gold star in the center of the service flag, is in honor for the one who made the ultimate sacrifice.