Printed flag on cotton, 11.5 x 16.75 in. Staggered star pattern. Stamped overprint: "W.R.C. No. 85."
The Women’s Relief Corps was founded as an auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic in Denver in 1883 and incorporated by an act of Congress in September 1962. Organized into state and local chapters, initially membership was limited to relatives of Civil War veterans. The WRC was established to care for disabled veterans and to see to the needs of Civil War widows and orphans. Today its purpose is to honor those who have served our country in war and to promote patriotism by teaching the principles of citizenship.
The origins of this flag can be traced to Wiley Post No. 85, Bowling Green, OH, organized with forty-two charter members in June 1885 and ceased activity in 1974.
Provenance:J. Richard Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags
Small pinholes along hoist end. Areas of soiling throughout flag. Toning. Professionally mounted using stitch on board.
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