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Oberlin Through The Years


For many years, three service flags hung in Finney Chapel, commerating the military and civil service of Oberlin College students in World War I. The special service flag had 246 stars, each of which represented an Oberlin student who left the college for military service. Each gold star represented a student who died in the war. The flag was originally unveiled in February 1918 at the annual Washington’s Birthday Address and Reception. For more information on Oberlin College’s role in World War I, please see the digital collection Oberlin College and Military Service in World War I.


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