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Minnesota Service Flag

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | December 14, 2018

An extremely large dark blue service flag with approximately 1,200 gold stars, representing all the servicemen and women from Minnesota who died during World War I. The flag is constructed from twelve panels of cloth sewn together. It was made by the Western Badge and Novelty Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for the Victory Liberty Loan Campaign in April 1919. It measures 18 1/2 feet high and 28 feet wide.