Flag for Hope is a once-in-a-lifetime social movement to promote unity and hope for America. Every day we are bombarded with messages of hate, negativity, and divisiveness. Those messages do not represent the true spirit of America. They do not define us.
We are a nation filled with people who honor the contribution and sacrifice of our active military, our veterans, and our first responders; who seek ways to serve others in our communities; who resolve conflicts with an open heart and a generous spirit; and who treat our neighbors with courtesy, dignity and respect.
The Flag for Hope was created by more than 3,700 Americans placing their hand and finger impressions in acrylic paint on a huge 9’ x 5’ canvas.
The journey to create the Flag for Hope began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 during the running of the 99th Indianapolis 500. Since then, the Flag has traveled more than 300,000 miles while visiting over 500 locations across America. Most of the Flag for Hope’s hand and finger impressions were painted at churches, community centers, veteran’s centers, schools, colleges, hospitals, parks, and other places where communities gather for a shared purpose.
The entire journey, including every finger and hand impression, has been documented in more than 100,000 photographs and over 1000 hours of film footage. These moving participant testimonials reveal an America that is filled with unity, honor and hope for the future.
The 50 stars on the flag were painted by true American icons chosen for their personal achievements, their commitment to serving others, and because they inspire us. Their video testimonials echo the sentiments of those given all across the country… heartfelt tributes to the beauty and potential of our country.
The impressions that make up the red and white stripes and the blue field were painted by patriotic Americans who recognize the true spirit of America. They chose to participate because our flag has meaning for them – no one was ever turned away.
The Flag for Hope is for all Americans.
The 50 Flag for Hope Stars are individuals who have motivated, empowered, and supported 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. Each icon personally painted his or her star and shared their own message of hope, freedom and unity.
Flag for Hope Stars include Muhammad Ali, Gloria Estefan, Roger Staubach, Tom Selleck, Bonnie Blair, Billie Jean King, General Colin Powell, Mike Love, Nadia Comaneci & Bart Connor, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Pat Boone, Eric Heiden, Ronnie Lott, Dick Enberg, Alan Hassenfeld, Bill Walton, George Foreman, Kris Kristofferson, John Mara, Dick and Rick Hoyt, Bob Wieland, John McCain, and a host of other men and women who’ve made exceptional contributions in art, science, medicine, military service, and sport.
The Flag for Hope Organization
The Flag for Hope is the work of a small group of dedicated, private individuals who decided to actually do something to combat the negative, destructive messages we see every day. As a team, we have had enough.
Through this project we are making a public declaration that we are one nation, indivisible, and that The United States of America is truly the land of opportunity where hard work, strong ethics, community service, and love for our neighbors is our way of life.
- The Flag for Hope is entirely financed by private individuals. No public or grant funding has been accepted for this project.
- The Flag for Hope is not affiliated with any political party, ideology or government organization.
- The original Flag for Hope will never be sold. It will be donated to a national museum to be preserved for future generations.
- To help defray the cost of the project and commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, an extremely limited number of fine-art-quality serigraphs will be produced and distributed to the public.
The Flag for Hope project has cost an incredible amount of money and time to create. But we’ve only just begun.
Unity Impressions – the parent company for Flag for Hope – will introduce an educational program (grades 3-8 ) to help develop and elevate behavior in our communities and schools. This will be an interactive, extremely positive program that will encourage service, kindness, and honor.
Most people dream big and want to make a difference in the world. The problem is most people quit when things get difficult. Many people told us no, many people wouldn’t return our phone calls, many people said we would never pull off our grand plan to bring Unity and Hope to the country. The completion of the Flag for Hope demonstrates that we are a motivated group of individuals that can and have achieved the impossible. We are changing the world “One handprint at a time”. Support us as we make history.
This is the tip of the iceberg with the completion of the actual Flag for Hope. It will be involved in many aspects of our American culture. Imagine if your ancestors had been able to secure a limited copy of the Declaration of Independence. What would that be worth today?
The original Flag for Hope is destined to be preserved and displayed along side America’s greatest treasures and artifacts in a prestigious national museum so that future generations may learn and appreciate the values of honor, respect, patriotism, pride and hope.