*To perpetuate the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., and the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces;
*The further object of this organization shall be patriotic, educational, social, and for service;
*To maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States;
*To educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information;
*To assist in veterans' ceremonies,
*To attend patriotic rallies and meetings;
*To foster true democracy;
*To care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons to the service of the Nation;
*To aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities;
*To uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and
*To defend the United States from all enemies.
36 USC CHAPTER 305 - BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA, INC. 01/08/2008
On January 22, 1942, the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking Mothers of servicemen to fill it out and return it to the paper. The following February 1st, 300 mothers met in Flint, Michigan's Durant Hotel. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.
On February 6th, the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960 the organization was chartered by congress.
Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were a working part of homeland security during our times of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has been held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times we have begun to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging banners in their windows at home, proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during at a time of war.
Our organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, but promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.