blue star represents one family member serving in
the armed forces. A banner can have up to five
stars, signifying that five members of that family
are currently in military uniform on active duty.
If the individual symbolized is killed or dies while serving
the star representing that individual will have
superimposed on it a gold star of smaller size so
that the blue forms a border. On flags displaying
multiple stars, including gold stars, when the flags
are suspended as against a wall, the gold star(s)
will be to the right of, or above the blue star(s) a
place of honor nearest the staff.
Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations were
established during World War I and remain active