Maryland "Star Spangled" Chapter #1
The American War Mothers, a perpetual patriotic organization was established on September 29, 1917. (This date later known as Founders Day.)
This great bond of women derived from the outstanding work they performed during World War I with the Food Conservation Committee and the State Council of Indiana.
On August 16, 1918, the national organization of American War Mothers was effected and a constitution and bylaws adopted.
Between the lines of time in history, many will be able to read a story of struggle, patience, self-denial and duty that brought us to the pinnacle of national reorganization with a charter, dated February 24, 1925 (Public Law 453), from the United States Congress.
The American War Mothers organization is unique in that at its very inception it was a dying organization. At that time the membership was limited to mothers whose sons and/or daughters served in the Armed Forces between April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918. Therefore, it could exist only as long as any of the mothers survived.
With the onslaught of World War II, Congress was petitioned to amend the Charter to include mothers whose sons and/or daughters served in that war. Before World War II was officially ended, the Korean Conflict emerged making it necessary to again amend the Charter. It now includes mothers of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict and any future wars.
THE AMERICAN WAR MOTHERS SERVICE FLAG: In 1926 the American War Mothers caused to have made a huge United States Service Flag which was bordered in red with a white center. There is a large blue star in the upper half of the flag under which are the figures 4,693,039 which represent those boys and girls who served in the World War. In the center of the flag in blue letters are the words "United States Service Flag" and be- neath this, one large Gold Star under which are the figures 60,672 representing those lads who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country.
The American War Mothers have had the privilege of having our Service Flag raised on the same staff with Old Glory over the United States Capitol Building every year since 1926. This occurs on Veterans Day when special services are held prior to the flag raising at 11:00 a.m. This American War Mother Service Flag is the only flag to ever have flown on the same staff with the American Flag over the Capitol Building-a heritage of which the American War Mothers may well be proud. In 1980 this privilege has been extended for the Mothers Day ceremonies, and our American War Mothers Service Flag will fly on the same staff with the American Flag all day on each Mothers Day.