Celebration of Philly's flag

Posted: March 27, 2014

Who knew Philadelphia has its own flag day?

Not the national holiday, which occurs every June 14 and is celebrated with the red, white, and blue. Instead this one falls on March 27, and is occasion to fly the city's colors: azure blue and golden yellow.

A nonprofit called Partners for Civic Pride is organizing events on Thursday to mark the anniversary of Philadelphia's flag, which City Council ordained in 1895. At the Municipal Services Building, the group will host musical performances and present its Maneto awards. "The purpose is to make Philadelphia aware this beautiful flag exists and let them know the message on the flag is worth celebration and to be used as a tool to unify us Philadelphians," said Brenda Exon, executive director and cofounder of Partners for Civic Pride.

The city flag was designed by the Rev. Dr. Henry C. McCook in 1894. It embodies four principles: peace, hope, justice, and prosperity. The flag's message, Philadelphia Maneto, can be translated to "Let Brotherly Love Continue."

The Maneto awards are given in honor of the motto to four citizens who embody the spirit of the flag. Each recipient will receive $2,700, Exon said. This year's winners are Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School; Vai Sikahema, NBC10 reporter and spokesman for "Wednesday's Child"; Wei Chen, organizer of Asian Americans United in Philadelphia; and Ala Stanford-Frey, founder of "It Takes Philly!"

Partners for Civic Pride works to spread awareness of the flag's message and connect Philadelphians to the symbol. It also raises funds for the awards and holds events. Thursday's event will begin at noon and is open to the public.


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