How It Works – Our Dad’s Flag

This is our family project in patriotism to serve as a silver lining during our Dad’s deployment.  In the time leading up to his departure, we created a list with dad of some of his favorite things to do, people he most admires and places we’d go see on a family vacation.  In his absence, we are sending out our own small, handmade felt blue star service flag (that shows you have a family member serving) to these people and places for a short visit.

The official “How-To”

What you see . . . is what they get!
  1. Recipients of Our Dad’s Flag are asked to prominently display the flag for one day as a tribute to all the great folks in the armed forces. 
  2. During it’s time on display, we ask that the recipient sign an official Our Dad’s Flag card stating that the flag was there on such-and-such a date.
  3. We LOVE pictures! Ideally, the recipient would have a picture taken of the flag at the location/landmark or with the “notable” person. Did we mention that we LOVE pictures?!
  4. When the visit is complete the flag, card and photo will get snail-mailed back to us (or the photo can be e-mailed) in the SASE.

Once the flag is returned, we will track it on our huge map of the United States and then write about it on this blog site and post pictures (because we LOVE them!) when we get them. Then we’ll send the flag out to the next location/person, etc….and we’ll make a scrapbook of it all.  Not only is it a lesson in geography and patriotism but in the almost-lost art of old fashioned letter writing. And what kid doesn’t like getting mail?  

While you’re here, read up on our visits on the Our Dad’s Flag home page and visit our gallery of photos so poetically titled: The Flag: A Behind the Scenes Look. Be sure to sign up as an email or WordPress follower and share it with family and friends who might enjoy it…we bet you can’t guess where Our Dad’s Flag is going next!

God Bless America!

37 Responses to How It Works – Our Dad’s Flag

  1. FDNY Battalion Chief Jim McGlynn says:

    Team Adrian proudly displayed the flag at the FDNY Firefighter Siller “Tunnel toTower” race in NYC.

  2. Eric says:

    It’s been great to see Our Dad’s Flag with all these great Olympians over the past 2 1/2 weeks, and btw great coverage all the way through

  3. Sara G says:

    Beautiful. Wonderful idea. Love it! I enjoy reading your writing. I hope you are all hanging in there. I look forward to our mutual friend, inviting us all over for dinner one day so that we may have a real conversation!!! Are you reading this BAF? :). You are all in my thoughts and prayers for a safe return.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    dear uncle,
    if you weren’t in the war i would think of you as a whole different person. you would just be another uncle of mine(but i still like all my other uncles just the same). now that you serve people in Afganistan you feel like more than an uncle. like a protector. i miss you sooooooooo much

    love,
    elizabeth

  5. Carol Metz says:

    Thank you for sharing your love and pride for your husband and father with us. Your entire family will be in my prayers and heart until he returns home. God Bless all of you.

  6. Joey C says:

    This site is awesome, proud to be a follower!

  7. Jillian says:

    This is an amazing site!!! XOXOXO LOVE U!!!!!

  8. Jean says:

    This is so cool! We will keep all of you in our prayers!

  9. Kim Milano says:

    What a great idea, my family and I will be following along. God bless you and your family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Looking forward to a quick and safe return.

  10. Jeanne Canavan says:

    Hi! My family and I will be following your website. We’d be proud to host the flag down here in Atlanta any time!

    Jeanne (Tami’s SUNYA suitemate)

  11. Sean Murphy says:

    Thank you very much for your service, please come home safely!

  12. Marianne Fimmano says:

    Thank you all for serving our country and leaving your homes so that we may remain in ours. Prayers go out to you and your families to keep you all safe. God bless and protect you all! Look forward to following the flag.

  13. Kasey Hughes says:

    This is a wonderful tribute and idea! Our thoughts are with R and your family during his deployment. We cannot wait to receive updates and track the progress of Our Dad’s Flag.
    Love,
    The Hughes Family

  14. Margaret White says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I will keep you all in my prayers for my cousin’s safe return.

  15. Deb Gorey says:

    This is an awesome project! I can’t wait to share it with my class. What a heartfelt way to teach geography and a love of our country. This will make the experience so much more meaningful to the kids. Can’t wait to hear news and await Mr. Cassidy’s safe homecoming!
    Always thinking of you!
    Ms. Gorey

  16. Patty Kaufman says:

    Godspeed… praying for a safe deployment and a quick return to those you love. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. xoxo Patty Kaufman and the Kaufman family

  17. Art Hanley says:

    The soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who deploy are not the only ones who serve. Those who wait at home for their safe return serve as well.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we are here if there is anything at all that you need or that we can do to help.

    Art and Pam Hanley

  18. Pam Hanley says:

    We wish you a safe deployment. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Pam and Art Hanley

  19. Gina D'Amore says:

    This is such a great project. Your dad must be so proud. Can’t wait to read all about it. Sending prayers for a safe tour and quick return home. Tell your dad that we appreciate what he’s doing and think of him as a hero. 🙂

  20. Mrs. Major says:

    What a wonderful project! I will look forward to the updates of this journey and share it with my class. I will keep all of you and your dad in my prayers.

  21. Sue Greer says:

    What a great idea. God bless and keep him safe.

  22. Sheila Cronk says:

    Sending prayers and thoughts to the family for a speedy return home! xxoo

  23. Patty Byrne says:

    Love the site, love my brother! I will follow….electronically

  24. Jen Martin says:

    Our prayers are with you & the Martin’s hope for a safe return home.

  25. The Nevin Family says:

    Thank you for your service and for fighting to protect our children! Wishing you a safe return back to your family. We will keep you in our prayers. The Nevin Family

  26. Lisa Charbonneau says:

    Prayers for a safe tour and safe return home. Thank you!

  27. Rose Kelly says:

    My prayers are with the (whole) family.

    • Barbara Augugliaro ("Mrs. A.") says:

      What a wonderful tribute to your dad! My family will be keeping yours close in our thoughts and hearts. Xoxo, Mrs. A.

  28. Jen K. says:

    The K clan will be following with great interest!

  29. Diane Czarnik says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love this idea!
    With appreciation, Mrs.C.

  30. May the prayers bless the road to bring you home safely my dear friend and may God bless you always. We’ll look after J and the kids.

  31. Joyce Cassidy says:

    J and R, We are truly blessed by all you do for our country and our family!
    With love and thanks, J

  32. Ralph Lucarelli says:

    Praying for you and all the troops

  33. Lisa Marchant says:

    Awesome! Wishing R very safe travels and hoping the clan will take a visit down to Marlboro for a visit with the M’s.
    We’ll be following your updates and can’t wait to see where Dad’s flag winds up.
    xoxo,
    Lisa

  34. Timothy McLauglin says:

    Following from HK — Tim

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