About Us

About Flags for Honor

Flags for Honor is a celebration presented by the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association to honor American heroes, mentors, and loved ones. Donations, sponsorships, and flag dedications help us create a brilliant display of American flags that is dedicated to each event’s honorees. Honorees often include past or present American military personnel, veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, first responders, healthcare providers, mentors, teachers, and many other everyday heroes.

The flags will be displayed in Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio on the weekend of Patriot Day, Sept. 11-13, in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

50% of all proceeds will be split equally between MedWish and Medworks. MedWish and Medworks are supporting our local communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing essential medical supplies, protective gear, food, and healthcare services. The remaining 50% of proceeds will benefit the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association to help to cover our costs for this event, along with supporting our mission of creating safer communities in Northeast Ohio and helping to encourage appreciation for law enforcement.

Flags are also displayed year-round in our Virtual Flag Dedication. We recognize both current and past honorees in our Virtual Flag Dedication. Also, on our interactive Honoree Map, each flag displays the name, location, and description of the honoree.

Flag Day History

When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren’t fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army—a unified colonial fighting force—with the hopes of a more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. This led to the creation of what was, essentially, the first “American” flag, the Continental Colors.

With the suggestion from George Washington, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation. It passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union is 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14th as Flag Day.

About FBICLECAAA

The FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public service organization focused on creating safer communities across Northeast Ohio by promoting a greater understanding and support of the FBI. We achieve our mission, in part, by improving understanding and encouraging appreciation of law enforcement among citizens and community leaders. The FBICLECAAA is a branch of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association, separate and apart from the FBI.