Senator John McCain adds his hand impression to the Flag for Hope along with his wife Cindy. John McCain makes history by becoming one of the first Stars on the Flag for Hope.
We all knew adding Stars to the Flag would be exciting and we weren’t disappointed as we began the next phase of the Flag for Hope Project. There were rumors that Senator McCain would participate but we wouldn’t know for sure until the day of our visit. We were delighted to be hosted by Senator McCain and his Staff and were thrilled to hear that they loved Flag for Hope. We spent a few minutes explaining our movement and we unfurled the Flag to show the thousands of American hand impressions. This picture was taken as we began our meeting.
Some of our audience may not be familiar with John McCain and may not remember his Presidential bid in 2008. John McCain was born at the Coco Solo Naval Station in Panama on August 29, 1936. The son of an Admiral, McCain enrolled in the Naval Academy and was dispatched to Vietnam, where he was tortured as a prisoner of war between 1967 and 1973.
After his release, McCain served as a Republican congressman and senator from the state of Arizona. McCain lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama. (reference http://www.biography.com/people/john-mccain-9542249)
On Tuesday, we were so excited to begin adding the 50 stars to the Flag for Hope. The stars have been reserved for influential people who have contributed to America in a remarkable way. John McCain and his wife Cindy made history by creating a painted Star with family hand impressions on the Flag. It was a great moment and we were so honored to have Senator McCain participate. The Senator’s staff was remarkable at putting the word out on Twitter and Facebook.
At every Flag for Hope Day we give the participants a chance to talk about what the American Flag means to them. The Senator was asked this question and his response was remarkable. The room became quiet as the ex-Pow McCain told about a time while in captivity during the Vietnam War.
His cell mate had managed to create an American Flag by stitching it together with a bamboo sewing needle. “We saluted that Flag every day”, stated McCain. One day the guards found the Flag and as punishment, nearly beat his cell mate to death.
Hearing this story was a somber reminder of the sacrifice that our soldiers past and present have offered as payment in full for the freedoms we enjoy today. The Flag to a great multitude of our Veterans means sacrifice. Thank you everyone and we salute you Senator McCain and all of our Veterans and POWs for your continued public service and love for the country.
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 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 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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