The U.S. Capital flag program began in 1937 when a Member of Congress requested a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. The program has since been extended to the general public, specifically to military servicemen and women. Flying a flag for a new service member is very popular with recruit families. I was privileged to produce a video (below) for my friend’s son, who recently became a U.S. Sailor.
Over the years the focus of the program gradually expanded to encompass the commemoration of national holidays and various special events, as well as to honor the work of groups such as schools and civic organizations. Requests for Capitol flags rapidly outgrew the supply; hence, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) instituted a program of flying smaller flags that may be purchased through members’ offices.
The AOC fulfills all flag requests from members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. Flags are flown daily year-round, weather permitting, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Currently, the AOC fulfills on average more than 100,000 flag requests from Members of Congress annually, with the number of requests and the popularity of the Capitol Flag Program growing steadily each year. There are special flag poles where all flags are flown. After it is flown over the U.S. Capitol, each flag is issued a keepsake Certificate of Authenticity by the AOC.
Monday Delivery is not affiliated with AOC and does not submit requests on behalf of family members. The video above was produced independent of AOC. To learn more or apply please see program details.
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