About FLAGS Across The Nation
Flags Across The Nation makes a patriotic difference 13 years after the events of 9/11/2001. As a volunteer-run organization, we promote patriotism through the arts. Our projects foster love of the United States of America, respect for the American flag and support for our troops, wounded warriors, recovering soldiers and veterans.
We welcome your participation to make a patriotic difference by writing letters to troops and veterans, creating Blankets for Recovery, purchasing veteran art and joining us to promote patriotism through the arts.
Mission – Flags Across The Nation promotes patriotism through the arts.
Vision – Flags Across The Nation makes a creative and patriotic difference in the lives of our children, our military and our veterans.
Goals – We recognize the importance of educating children about patriotism through the importance of learning to give to those who serve. We promote the love of country, along with support for our deployed troops, wounded warriors, recovering soldiers and veterans through creative programs that demonstrate patriotic love for the United States of America and those who serve.
Programs – Flags Across The Nation has created opportunities for children and adults to get involved in creating patriotic art, letter writing, making blankets and demonstrating respect for the American flag while giving support to our troops, wounded warriors, recovering soldiers and veterans with art, letters, blankets, flags and art/photo contests and exhibits.
Significant Projects for 2014/2015: ART for Veterans, Blankets for Recovery, Letters to the Troops, Letters to Veterans and Freedom Art Exhibit.
History – Flags Across The Nation was founded by Eileen A. Schwartz in 2001. The tragic events of 9/11 inspired her to make a patriotic difference. She photographed images of the red, white and blue seen all over San Diego, California and displayed the photos in an exhibit with more than 400 photos in November 2001. Other California photographers contributed to the exhibit, ultimately resulting in 22 patriotic photo exhibits in 2001-2002. This was the beginning of promoting patriotism through the arts, that resulted in over 65 patriotic art exhibits displayed in museums, businesses and government buildings.
Volunteers are the Key to Our Success!
Volunteers – Volunteers Make Things Happen – We are 100% volunteer-run. Our volunteers are children, parents, schools, businesses, temples/churches, older adults, immigrants, children and adults with special needs, veterans and the military from all over the nation. In 2001, over 25 volunteers helped to create the first exhibit. We established our first annual art contest, Flags of Freedom in 2002. Over the years,600 or more volunteers have helped with planning events, creating and hanging exhibits, and teaching about patriotism.
Media – Flags Across The Nation has been recognized on television, radio, websites, organizations & in newspapers & magazines. We are currently establishing a strong social media presence with our website, Facebook pages, Twitter account and our Blog. We’ve been featured in publications of the military…Flight Jacket, Militar.com… San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, We with Excellence, The Charlotte Observer, Our State Carolina, Charlotte Weekly, Matthews Mint Hill Weekly, Carolinas Freedom Foundation, Charlotte Museum of History, Check it Out – Mecklenburg County and WBT Charlotte – Al & Stacey Show and more. Through association with America Supports You, our Founder, Eileen Schwartz was invited to visit the White House and meet with President George W. Bush and other leaders of patriotic nonprofits.
Facts – Since, November 2001 to the present, Flags Across The Nation exists because of our volunteers.
Exhibits – Over 65 patriotic exhibits of kids’ art, quilts, wall hangings, photos and letters to the troops and art by veterans- at public buildings, libraries, schools, military bases, USO locations, government & private venues in CA, Virginia, Hawaii and NC. (Including 7 permanent exhibits in CA and one at Fort Bragg, NC.)
Flags Across The Nation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, established in 2002. Federal EIN #41-2025485