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1-Star Window Flag

Note: This item is currently in storage.

The title to the popular song “Over There,” written by George M. Cohan in April 1917, was incorporated in the designs of some window star flags. Families often displayed these flags in a front window of their home. The number of stars denotes how many sons or loved ones were currently serving “over there” in Europe during World War I.

This particular 1-star window flag, which reads “Service Over There,” was displayed in the front window of the donor’s grandmother’s home to represent the donor’s father who was serving in Europe during World War I.

“Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there
That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming
The drums rum-tumming everywhere.
So prepare, say a prayer,
Send the word, send the word to beware -
We'll be over, we're coming over,
And we won't come back till it's over, over there.”

(Lyrics by George M. Cohan, April 1917, above is the chorus)

This flag (banner) is approximately 11-1/8 inches high by 8-7/8 inches wide. It is made of red (faded) felt with a white and blue design and a metal bar with string for hanging.

Donated by Thomas G. Jones.

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