Philadelphia – Sept 8, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What better place to bring the Flag for Hope than Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom? We were excited to be in the city where our Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Early in the morning, Marcos, Don and Sandra walked around the city taking pictures and finding a few patriotic Americans to give their impressions on the street. We saw Philadelphia’s most famous landmarks, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Here is a great picture that we used on our website and Facebook cover photos. This was taken on location with a beautifully inscribed marble stone reminding us of our First Amendment rights.
Our next stop was an exciting one. If you remember the movie Invincible then you know Vince Papale. We met Vince and his wife, Janet Cantwell Papale, at the Rocky Stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Many of you know Vince’s story from the acclaimed movie, Invincible, in which Mark Walhberg starred as Vince. Vince was a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. His NFL career began remarkably as an undrafted walk-on when Dick Vermeil was a rookie coach. Vince was a substitute teacher who, at 30 years old, became the oldest rookie in NFL history. He played wide receiver and special teams from 1976-78 until a shoulder injury ended his football career. Vince later became a motivational speaker and wrote books with his wife. Janet is an athlete in her own right who was on USA National gymnastics team. When an knee injury ended her career, she became a coach and started the Gymnastics Program at the University of Pennsylvania. They write books together, and Janet is also in real estate.
In the afternoon, the team went to the corporate office of American Lifestyles Magazine for an interview on the Flag for Hope movement. The staff was very professional and the interview was a great experience. We loved meeting everyone at American Lifestyles! You made us feel like rock stars! We look forward to reading the article when it comes out!
Remember the scene in Rocky when he ran up the stairs. Well, this picture was taken at the steps. Cue the music! What a great picture Janet!
Thank you for taking the time to read about our Flag for Hope movement. We are nearing the completion date of 11/11/2015 and time is flying by. When we took on this project we never dreamed of the participation, excitement, and deep commitment to our nation that people would exhibit as we travel the country. The days pass by so quickly and we often have to remind ourselves of the gravity of our tasks and take a few moments to ensure that we are not losing sight of what is important. Humanity is being impressed onto canvas one layer and one city at a time, revealing the true nature of people. We’ve been pleased to observe that most everyone wants to put our differences aside, take on a worthwhile project and work together in the Hope that through our togetherness we can become “Invincible!”
We wanted to also include this picture with the Flag for Hope outside the Liberty Bell. Unfortunately we were not able to get in to take some better pictures, however we would be remiss if we did not include this picture!
In closing, we’d like to leave you with a quote which mirrors Vince Papale’s drive to get into the NFL and what we remind ourselves when working towards completing this epic Patriotic project; “What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” Robert H. Schuller