On March 21, 2017, Don Goff, Director of Operations for Flag for Hope attended a Dallas Police Command Staff meeting to present the Dallas Police Department with a replica of America’s new national treasure, the Flag for Hope. The Flag for Hope is a centerpiece of a non-political social movement to promote unity, honor and peace. It started on May 23, 2015 at the Indianapolis 500 and was completed on September 18, 2016 at the Dallas Arboretum.
The canvas has traveled over 300,000 miles crisscrossing America to over 500 locations. More than 3700 Americans, including 500 plus veterans, police, fire/rescue, Olympians, notable sports figures, community leaders and everyday Americans have placed their hand or finger impressions on the giant 9 by 5 foot canvas to create the national flag. The 50 stars on the flag were personally painted by 50 Iconic Americans, chosen for both their individual achievement and their exceptional service to others, such as Muhammad Ali, Sandra Day O’Connor, Roger Staubach, Gloria Estefan, Senator John McCain, Smokey Robinson and a secret star to be revealed. The last hand impression to be placed on the flag was by Assistant Chief of the Dallas Police Department, Christina Smith, after the July 7th tragedy.
After an 18 month journey the flag was finally completed and is to now embark a national museum tour beginning Fall/ Winter 2017. After the nationwide tour has ended, the flag will go on permanent exhibit at a national museum to be preserved for future generations of Americans.