Our History


Blue Star Mothers

The Blue Star Mothers of America was formed during World War II by Army Captain George Maines.  The name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called the Service Flag in a window of their homes. The first meeting was held February 1, 1942 in Flint, Michigan.

In 1960, Congress chartered the Blue Star Mothers of America as a Veterans Service Organization.

The Blue Star Mothers Central Mass Chapter 3 was chartered in 2007.


The Service Flag

The Service Flag (also called The Blue Star  Banner) was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry, who had two sons serving on the front.

The Service Flag  is defined as a white field with a red border, withChild in Service Flag a star for each family member serving in the military. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star and those who had lost their lives were represented by a gold star.

In 1966, the Department of Defense revised the specifications for the design, manufacture and display of the Service Flag.