VFW displays newly found antique flag

This 1918 flag in memorial of army service in WWI was found in December of last year and recently put on display at the George Foster Memorial VFW Hall. Photo by Kacey Ginn

Back in December, members of the Clarion VFW Post 2612 were clearing clutter out of cupboards. While they knew their storage hadn’t been emptied for a while, no one expected that they would unearth an interesting piece of history.

Terry Hilpipre, post adjutant, pulled some cloth out of a cupboard and discovered four antique flags: the original post commissioning flag from 1932, two bunting-type decorative flags of unknown year, and a memorial WWI flag from 1918. Hilpipre, Doug Riley and Denny Mraz, who were also there for the discovery, were particularly excited about the 1918 flag.

“I imagine it’s something someone had at home and decided to give to the post,” Hilpipre said.

The flag is made of red and blue felt decorated with the Seal of the United States and the words “U.S. Army,” “In Service,” “German-American War” and “1918” stitched on top. The edges of the felt are cut to make a fringe, and additional slits are cut into the flag that indicate a border strip might have been woven inside the fringe at one point.


For the full story, see the July 6 edition of the Monitor.