North Central Blue Star Mothers of Indiana is part of a
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
Please read on to get an understanding of what we are all about.
BLUE STAR MOTHERS of AMERICA, INC.
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The Blue Star service banner was designed and patented in 1917 by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5 Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. It quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. It is a blue five-point star on a field of white surrounded by a red border, one star for each serving member. Thus began a tradition for families to signify the love, pride and hope for a child serving in war by hanging the banner in household windows.
On January 22, 1942 a Flint, MI newspaper printed a coupon asking Mothers of servicemen to return the coupon after filling it out. After receiving 1000 responses from the coupon, it was decided to form a permanent organization. The following February 1, 300 mothers met for the first time. Captain George H. Maines, who conceived the idea for the group, chaired the meeting. The permanent organization was to be known as Blue Star Mothers of America. By March 1942, over 600 mothers were in attendance and the first officers were elected. Chapters formed quickly nationwide with the goal of supporting their military community.
In June 1960, the 86th Congress officially chartered Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc . In recent times we have began to grow in strength and number. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging banners in their windows, proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a national support group for Mothers and Stepmothers. It is a non-partisan, non-discriminatory, and non-profit organization.
A Mother is descriped as follows:
(1) She is a mother specifically defined as: any woman who filled the role of birthmother, adoptive mother, Step-mother, Foster-mother, Grandmother, or Legal Guardian of a service member at any time in that service members life who:
(a) is currently serving in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States; or
(b) have served and been discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States; and
(2) She is citizen or legal resident alien (a permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis) living in the United States or Citizen living outside the United States (stationed or living outside the United States). (Taken directly from the National Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc Constitution 2010-2011.)
Blue Star Dads welcomes fathers and Stepfathers (since the child was of the age of 13), while Blue Star Associates invites spouses, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends of someone serving or who has served and was honorably discharged, participate.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. participates in many volunteer activities and special projects all of which show our children and America's sons and daughters we appreciate them and their service. Dues for Blue Star Mothers are $20.00 per year. Dads and Associate membership is free. Blue Star Mothers, Dad and Associate pins are $10.00 each.
If you are interested in becoming a member or if you would just like more information, please fill in the contact form on this site to reach the Kokomo, Indiana chapter.