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Children's Memorial Flag

Friday, April 25, 2014: National Children's Memorial Flag Day
Many communities will celebrate Saturday, April 26.
Show your support with a flag, pin, magnet, or bumper sticker

CWLA's Children's Memorial Flag The CWLA Children's Memorial Flag Initiative

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*A special note from Newtown, CT for whom
we are flying the Children's Memorial Flag.



The CWLA Children's Memorial Flag Initiative

In 1998, CWLA launched a public awareness campaign to direct attention to the tragedy of violent child deaths as part of a national initiative to reduce child mortality. This year, the focus of the initiative will be on supporting the CWLA Legislative Agenda as an effective way to accomplish this goal.

The centerpiece is simple--a red flag depicting blue, paper-doll-like figures of children holding hands. In the center, the white chalk outline of a missing child symbolizes the thousands of children lost to violence. Created by a 16-year-old student in Alameda County, California, and flown on the fourth Friday in April, the Children's Memorial Flag honors each lost child and raises public awareness about the continuing problem of violence against children.

Since its inception, all governors in all states have participated at one time or another, uniting in an impressive bipartisan effort by flying the flag, issuing proclamations, or participating in ceremonies to memorialize children. National and local publicity has been terrific, and the Children's Memorial Flag has become an increasingly recognizable symbol of the need to improve our efforts to protect children.

The Children's Memorial Flag has also received support from mayors, directors of social service agencies and hospitals, schools, district attorneys, police chiefs, and others.

Fly your flag on Flag Day--or fly it all month long--and support CWLA's efforts to protect every child from harm.

The nylon, all-weather Children's Memorial Flag comes in two sizes: 5' x 8' ($95) and 3' x 5' ($70). To order online, Visit the CWLA Memorial Flag Purchase Page, or call 800-407-6273.

All flag proceeds support CWLA efforts to serve more than 9 million vulnerable and at-risk children annually.

For more information about Children's Memorial Flag Day, call Karen Dunn at 202-688-4157, or e-mail flag@cwla.org. For facts and figures about child abuse and neglect, browse our National and State Fact  Back to Top


Further the Cause

The Children's Memorial Flag brings the issue of child abuse and neglect to light for thousands of people. A donation to CWLA will continue the momentum by supporting our efforts to ultimately prevent maltreatment by making children and families a national priority.



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Each year, more and more concerned citizens join in the Children's Memorial Flag Initiative. We would like to share your stories with others who participate in the flag campaign or are thinking about getting involved. Tell us what you or your organization is doing to support National Children's Memorial Flag Day. E-mail pictures and stories to flag@cwla.org.

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