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Children's Memorial Flag Day

3/9/2004:   Six years ago, 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. The centerpiece of the initiative is a simple, moving image--a red flag depicting blue, paper-doll figures of children holding hands. In the center, the white chalk outline of a missing child symbolizes the children lost to violence. Created by a 16-year-old student in Alameda County, California, the Children's Memorial Flag is flown in remembrance of the thousands of children killed by violence each year. This powerful symbol has already brought the issue to light for thousands of people, but we must continue the momentum if we hope to prevent future occurrences of violence against children.

National Children's Memorial Flag Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. This year, CWLA is encouraging the flying of the flag on April 23rd in all communities nationwide. If your agency is interested in getting involved and raising awareness, consider purchasing a flag for your own use or providing one for a prominent government office in your community. To order, click here; for more information about the Children's Memorial Flag, contact Tiffany Lindsley at 202/942-0318 or send an e-mail to flag@cwla.org.

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