Washington – October 28, 2015
The Flag for Hope in Washington trip to the state started with a visit to retired Olympians Carolyn Pingatore Holmes and Robert Shannon. After getting acquainted, Marcos started taking pictures and recording what the U.S. Flag meant to them. Olympians talk about the Flag in ways very similar to our veterans and active military. Patriotism is exhibited in a very special and different way by those representing our country and America always seems to attract the best of the best. Olympians are dreamers, they are ultra competitive and they have an intense desire to give back to their sport community. Many go on to coach, teach or volunteer. Yet as we talk to many of America’s best athletes, we find that after competing for our country, many are forgotten. Herein lies the similarities to our military.
Our next stop was with Dr. Paul Stoot Sr. of Greater Trinity Academy and some of the fantastic support staff that attend the church and the academy. We always love to hear all of the heartfelt stories about what the flag means to them as well along with emotional messages. Marcos will often ask people if they would like to leave a message to the world and the stories we hear always are often breathtaking. We learn so much about people in these messages and we are encouraged and uplifted by each of them.
We were also pleases be to be reacquainted with Pee Wee Harrison from the Harlem Globetrotters. We first met Pee Wee in Charlotte, North Carolina at a benefit golf tournament and he put us in touch with several of his close friends in the area. Pee Wee, among other things, mentors and speaks to America’s youth at schools across the U.S. Great to see you again Pee Wee!
Carolyn Pingatore Holmes was Captain of the US women’s gymnastics team at the 1968 Mexico City games and Olympic Boxer Robert Shannon competed as a world class boxer. Click on the button to see pictures of our trip along with Dr. Paul Stoot Sr. and the fantastic members of Greater Trinity Academy. We’ve also included pictures of Pee Wee Harrison from the Harlem Globetrotters. Thank you everyone and welcome to the Flag for Hope family supporting Peace, Honor and Patriotism!
To read more about Robert Shannon and Caroline “Ping” Pingatore Holmes click on the hyperlinks and you’ll be redirected to their sites. Thanks so much for taking the time to hear more about the Flag for Hope Project and we look forward to engaging with you on social media!
The Flag for Hope team!
What is Flag for Hope?
The Flag for Hope Project was started to help promote Unity and Peace among all Americans.
The Flag symbolically represents thousands of Americans holding hands without conflict or hatred. We are all one country and one people. The Flag for Hope is NOT political. It is about patriotism and coming together as a country. NOW IS THE TIME!!!
The Flag for Hope Project is also about honor and respect for the men and women that have proudly worn a United States military uniform and fought for our freedoms. Flag for Hope is a reminder that Freedom Isn’t Free. Many have sacrificed for the privileges that we all have today. This Flag signifies appreciation and gratitude for those individuals who serve in our communities like teachers, police, fire, doctors and nurses. It calls us to remember all Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of both foreign and domestic enemy attacks. If an American is harmed ANYWHERE, we all suffer and mourn.
The Flag for Hope team is led by U.S. Army veteran Marcos Antonio. This epic mission was started at the Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2015. Our goal is to collect approximately 3,000 – 4,000 American hand and finger impressions on a giant canvas to create the United States of America National Flag. We will accomplish this by going to over a 150 cities and roughly 300 – 400 locations. Each participant will place their impression on the flag in either red, white, or blue paint. There will be 50 American Olympians that put their impression on the flag representing the 50 states and showing the solidarity of the entire nation.
Lastly, the 50 stars on the flag will be iconic Americans that have greatly contributed to the strength and well being of our country. These individuals have inspired, empowered, and encouraged their fellow citizens through their actions as pioneers, role models, and leaders in our society. They come from all backgrounds and embody the essence of the American spirit.
This historic project has never been attempted before and we will finish when every last American can fill the limited space on our 9×5 canvas panel. Finally, the Flag for Hope will be donated to a national museum like the Smithsonian for all Americans to view for generations to come.
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