Happy Flag Day!
Flag Day is a special day for our neighborhood — it’s my next-door neighbor and friend Michael’s birthday. Every year his wife decorates their front porch with flags and has the neighborhood over for cake to mark the dual celebration.
But even without the cake, it’s still another fun reminder for a ‘cultural exchange’ with your au pair.
Flag Day is also a great reminder of a gift that you can get your Au Pair: An American flag that’s been hung over the US Capitol.
TexasHM sent this gift suggestion last month, and I saved it up for today to help us celebrate Flag Day.
Through the Capitol Flag Program, you can purchase a flag that’s been flown over the capitol. You can request a flag that’s been flown on a specific day — say, your au pair’s birthday or the date of his/her arrival in the USA. Along with the flag, you get a certificate “suitable for framing” of course, that authenticates the flag and its special date.
You must request and purchase the flag through the office of your CongressPerson. (To find your congressperson, use this Find Your Representative website.)
As TexasHM says:
“You can order a flag to be flown over the Capitol in honor of something – maybe the day your new AP arrives in the US? Then, they send you the flag and certificate in a commemorative box a couple weeks later. The flags cost about $13-24 (I don’t see why you would need one bigger than the $13 one)!!! Don’t you think a new AP would LOVE this?!? You could also do it for a birthday, a military return home, for someone getting their US citizenship, any special occasion really but I especially think an AP would eat this up.”
My friend FrenchHDinVA also pointed out that you can have state flags flown for about the same cost over the state capitals.
For example, here is the Texas link: http://www.flags.house.state.tx.us/(S(yxxc5xy4curvid451ekv1p55))/TermsAndConditions.aspx
For some states nobody will care, but those of us in the Lone Star State (and I would be willing to bet all our previous APs) might prefer to have a TX flag vs a US one to take home. :)
Just another layer if someone would prefer to get them both…
Has anyone ever done this for their Au Pair?
Au Pairs, would this seem like a meaningful gift to you?
Ps yes flag day is June 14, and this is posted June 13th, but hey.
Image: American Flag, by Peter Miller, (which I chose b/c it looked also like the Texas State flag.)