BSMA, Inc. Celebrating 75th Anniversary 1942-2017
HISTORY ~ BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA, INC.
On January 22, 1942 the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st, 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel, in Flint Michigan. Army Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.
On February 6th, 1942, the organization was reported on Congressional Record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. Although Reported on Congressional Record in February of 1942 in June of 1960, the organization was Chartered by Congress under Title 36 of the United States Code (Part B: Organizations: Chapter 305). BSMA, Inc. National Charter
Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were a working part of homeland security during times of war. The organization waned in size over the years, especially during the Vietnam War, but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times we have began to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging flags in their windows at home proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during this time of war.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. were founded as a Veteran Service Organization whom not only promote patriotism but provide support for active duty service personnel, helps families effected by war, assists Veterans, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.
HISTORY ~ BLUE STAR SERVICE FLAG
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 Service flag, also called the Blue Star Flag, was designed and patented by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queisser, of the 5th Ohio Infantry, who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag was quickly adopted by the public and by government officials. On September 24, 1917, an Ohio congressman read into the Congressional Record: “The mayor of Cleveland, the Chamber of Commerce and the Governor of Ohio have adopted this service flag. The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother – their children.” President Wilson became part of this history when in 1918 he approved a suggestion made by the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defenses that mothers who had lost a child serving in the war wear a gold gilt star on the traditional black mourning arm band. This led to the tradition of placing a gold star inside the blue star, leaving a blue trim, on the Service flag to indicate that the service member has died therefore their Blue Star turned Gold.
During WWII the practice of displaying the Service flag became much more widespread. Most flags were hand made by mothers across the nation. One of the most famous flags was that of the five Sullivan brothers who all perished on the U.S.S. Juneau. The largest family of the Blue Star Mothers belonged to Nick and Anna Matthees of rural Goodhue, MN who sent 7 sons (3 Army, 2 Navy, and 2 Army Air Force) to serve during World War II. All 7 survived.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. were founded as a Veteran Service Organization and are part of a movement to provide care packages to U.S. Military members serving overseas, also provided assistance to families who encountered hardships as a result of their son or husband serving in the war and our Veterans in need.
On February 6th, 1942, the organization was reported on Congressional Record. In 1960 Congress chartered the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. as a Veterans Service Organization and in 1966, the Department Of Defense (DOD) revised the specifications for design, manufacture and display of the Service flag.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., since 1942 .. **Celebrating 75th Anniversary** February 2017 BSMA, Inc. Chartered 2009 in Henderson, NV Chapter NV4 pictured below: Blue Star Mothers NV4
A Piece Of Home, written by Tim Maggart & Jon D’Agostino – play song above:
This song was inspired by an incredible group of women, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. These women have children who are deployed by our military and support our military and their families in many ways, one of which is sending care packages to deployed military all over the world. This song is included in the New American Freedom Train Show as a tribute to the mothers and families who are sacrificing tremendously by enduring the absence of their child and loved one. http://www.timmaggart.com (Published on Aug 7, 2014 – Standard YouTube License)
There’s a Little Blue Star in the Window (and It Means All the World to Me) – chorus below: There are stars in the high heavens shining With a promise of hope in their light; There are stars in the field of Old Glory, The emblem of honor and Right. But no star ever shone with more brightness, I know, Than the one for my boy o’er the sea. There’s a little blue star in the window, And it means all the world to me. (Song from 1918 WWI)