The Flag for Hope Project was started by a small group of friends who realized that no amount of talking around the backyard grill would make a difference. We knew that we had to take action if we wanted to have an impact.
Our visionary artist and U.S. Army Veteran, Marcos Antonio, spent more than 10 years traveling the globe using art as a way to unite humanity. His selflessness and sincerity ignited our desire to bring his message of unity, honor, and peace home to America. We embarked with no personal agendas, no politics – just a passion for our country and our flag.
We invested in each other, we devoted massive amounts of time, money, effort, and talent. We made personal and professional sacrifices. We faced incredible adversity including health, personal tragedy, and tremendous logistical challenges. We did absolutely everything within our power to create the Flag for Hope. We completed more than 300,000 air miles. We traveled more than 50,000 miles in rental cars. We visited more than 500 locations in 200 cities across our great nation. The Flag for Hope received it’s final hand impression on September 18, 2016 in Dallas, TX.
Our vision is a future where millions of Americans positively affirm that:
We are more alike than we are different, and our disagreements over the issues of the day do not define who we are as a nation.
Every American has a responsibility to make a positive impact in his or her community.
Our mission is to establish The Flag for Hope as an enduring National Treasure. We are preserving, honoring, and curating the stories of the 4,000 Americans who participated in the Flag’s creation. They are a poignant representation of who we are as a country.
We are developing programs, products, and services based on the truth we unearthed during our journey. All of our activities will be designed to deepen Americans’ understanding that:
Freedom is not free, and we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have sacrificed.
Every individual has the right to pursue happiness.
Safe, thriving neighborhoods provide us with our best chance to live in peace and raise our families.
All of us are connected to a purpose much greater than ourselves.
The Flag for Hope Project will engage in strategic partnerships that are consistent with the profound nature of our mission in order to achieve our vision. As further evidence of our commitment, we will donate 10% of profits to charities that align with our core values, with an emphasis on supporting safe communities and aiding America’s veterans.
The gravity and scope of our mission has and will require an unwavering belief in our core values – patriotism, honor, trust, persistence, honesty, civility, dignity, personal accountability, and the incredible power of a single person to create change.
Jack Nicklaus: "Let's grow America..." Hall of Fame golfer, Jack Nicklaus, painted Star #41 on The Flag for Hope on June 30, 2016. He was awarded his star in recognition of his legendary professional golf [...]
Shelly: "I'd like to honor them by placing my finger print on the flag..." Shelly placed her hand impression in Seattle, WA on October 28, 2015. Shelly placed her impression in honor of her family [...]
Josh: "I'm broken... but it was worth it." Josh placed his hand impression in Oklahoma City, OK on October 21, 2015 at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Josh shares his deeply personal thoughts [...]
Beverly: "My Son is a war veteran..." Beverly placed her hand impression in Greenville, SC on July 26, 2015. Beverly reflects on her son's service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and her belief that the American [...]
Anthony: "September 11 is a never-ending book..." Anthony placed his hand impression at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 10, 2015. He spent 9 months working on the recovery efforts at Ground Zero following [...]
Coghlin Companies Team Takes the Flag for Hope Pledge The Flag for Hope Pledge promotes Unity, Honor and Peace for all Americans by describing behaviors that we can all agree are positive ways to build [...]
Admiral Patrick M. Walsh - Flag for Hope Star #40 ADM. PATRICK MICHAEL WALSH, US NAVY (RET.) Four-Star Admiral Location of Star Impression: Dallas, Texas Date of Impression: May 28, 2016 Star Position [...]
America Has a New National Treasure The Flag for Hope Promotes Unity, Honor and Peace Providence, RI. October 27, 2016 - After an 18-month journey spanning more than 300,000 miles, we announce that The [...]
Bonnie Blair - Flag for Hope Star #7 Date of Flag for Hope Star Impression: September 29, 2015 Location: Pettit National Ice Center, Milwaukee, WI Inspiration Bonnie Blair Cruikshank is the most-decorated woman [...]