Historic Flags of the Texas State Library and Archives
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Silk, 54 x 90 inches (approximate)
More Online Exhibits:
Under the Rebel Flag: Life in Texas During the Civil War
Texas A&M Service Flag
This flag was created by the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) to represent the sacrifice of "Aggies" who served in World War I. A field of 2200 blue stars representing the Aggies who served in the war surrounds 55 gold stars symbolizing the men who died in the conflict. The entire senior class of 1918 served in World War I, as well as some 49% of all Texas A&M graduates, the highest percentage of any college or university in the United States. Approximately 1200 former students were commissioned officers.
This flag entered the custody of TSLAC sometime between 1974 and 1983. Prior to that time, it hung in the Texas State Capitol. At least one other example is known to exist, and the 1942 Texas A&M yearbook contains a photograph showing a colossal version of this flag spanning 30-40 feet in length.
On April 6, 2017, this flag and another flag of the same design and materials were permanently transferred from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives of the Texas A&M University Libraries.