We touched down this morning at the airport in Raleigh, North Carolina for the next leg of our journey. We’ve been collecting impressions for more than a month and the Flag is developing into a beautiful piece of historical art. We’re looking forward to meeting the hardy residents of North and South Carolina and adding their hardworking hands to our Flag!

downloadOur first stop today will be at the Twisted Mango to catch our breath and refuel. Tomorrow we’ll be getting started bright and early at the Sally’s YMCA in Greater Charlotte . The YMCA originated in Switzerland during the Industrial Revolution as a way to help young men and women who moved to the cities for work. They have provided social activities, guidance and structure for young people from around the world ever since. We are grateful to the YMCA and to Amy Buchanan for offering to host our event.

Our itinerary picks up speed once we head to South Carolina on Sunday! We’ll be in Greenville, South Carolina at NOMA Square near Hyatt Regency hotel, which was recently voted one of the Best Downtowns in America for its plethora of beautiful art, restaurants, and unique vendors. We will also be visiting the Wade Hamilton Fire Department, and the Children’s Museum of the Upstate where we will be collecting impressions in the Art Studio from 1PM to 3PM.

On Monday, we’ll be headed to the WCIV-TV ABC News 4 Station for an appearance on Lowcountry Live TV! lclbannerOur team is very excited to present the Flag for Hope project to the Lowcountry audience and spread the message of hope and unity. We’ll be appearing live between 10AM and 11AM, be sure to tune in and look for us! If you miss the show, you can catch us between 1-4 PM on the North Grounds of the State House in Columbia. We’ll be ending the day at the Riley Stadium, home of the Charleston Riverdogs, to collect impressions from the coaches and team before the game starts.

patriots pointOur first stop on Tuesday will be Patriots Point in Charleston where we will be meeting with Bobby Kotlowski. Bobby is a retired Marine Corps Sergeant whose father, also a Marine, was a veteran of the Korean War. Patriots Point is the current home three naval ships: the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, and the USS Clamagore. The ships serve as museums and give hundreds of visitors every year a firsthand appreciation of life on the sea for our dedicated sailors and marines.

We look forward to our time in the Carolinas and we can’t wait to share our experience with you! Check back here for more updates in the following weeks!

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