On Flag Day in 1923, a new veterans association called The American Legion met with representatives of numerous organizations in Washington D.C. to compose a set of written guidelines for flying the American Flag. These compiled guidelines were named “The American Legion Flag Code” and were officially adopted into law on June 22, 1942. With their headquarters within view of The International Center’s offices, The American Legion has devoted nearly a century to educating citizens about proper flag etiquette.
In 2018, The Center supported over 40 community organizations and 50 international, multicultural and ethnic events. These celebrations in Central Indiana reached an estimated number of 75,000 individuals. The Center provided 36 community organizations with displays from our flag collection alongside the equipment and expertise necessary to make the displays culturally appropriate. These events ranged from large-scale events, such as the 500 Festival Parade and the IUPUI International Festival, to smaller events like Taste the Difference (a multi-ethnic food festival) and Feijoada, an event celebrating Indiana’s partnership with the Brazilian state of Rio Grande de Sol. While most events only require one or two flags, some larger events require the use of all 193 flags of the United Nations. The Center also continues to be a partner of choice for the Nationalities Council of Indiana, providing flags for the 500 Festival Parade and the Indy International Festival.
THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FLAG PROGRAM
The International Center maintains a collection of all 193 flags of the United Nations’ member-states and provides the flags to various community organizations hosting or participating in multicultural events in Marion County.
If you would like to learn more about our extensive flag collection or being a Protocol Officer, please contact:
Peter Kirkwood, Protocol Officer
The International Center/ Phone: 317-955-5150, ext. 225
Left: Flags are hung annually at the IUPUI Campus Center leading up to their International Festival.
Right: Members of the Nationalities Council of Indiana show cultural pride at the 500 Festival Parade.
By: Peter Kirkwood, Protocol Officer and Lindsay Grant, Marketing and Communications Intern