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Five Philly FLAG Facts


Who: Reverend Henry McCook, Vice President of the Academy of Natural Sciences 1882. He was a highly regarded Entomologist for his expertise on the behavior of ants and spiders. He was also a Presbyterian Minister.

What: He suggested the concept of a Philadelphia civic flag and submitted designs(drawings) for the flag with a letter to Mayor Edwin S Stuart on October 3 1894.

When: On March 27, 1895 City council made the flag official with an ordinance(Ordinance = A Law)

Where: The Philadelphia Civic Flag began flying in and around City buildings. Gradually it was used in other public arenas. Where have you seen our Philly FLAG? (Click here to let us know)

Why: The concept of the Philly FLAG was presented by McCook first and foremost as a "unifying symbol" for all citizens in this beautifully diverse ethnic city.

Philly Pride Gallery

2005 - 1ST Philly Flag Soldier

The journey to the "Philly Flags for Soldiers" initiative began in 2005 with an email request from my son, Anthony Fusetti, while he was serving his first tour in Iraq. He asked me if I could send him a "Philadelphia" flag. He said everyone had the United States flag and he wanted a symbol more directly related to his hometown of Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross's House, cheese steaks, soft pretzels, Tasty Kake; these are all things Philadelphian's know about and love - but a Philly Flag? To be honest, I didn't even know if there was a city flag but I made it my mission to find out - any mother would try to fulfill such a request while her son was in a war zone.

I began with a quick phone call to a former boss of mine who was once Managing Director of the city as well as CEO of the School District of Philadelphia. If anyone could point me in the right direction, it was Phil Goldsmith. As soon I as told Phil what I was looking for he connected me to a city rep, who coincidentally was in the midst of discussions with Brenda Exon aka the "Philly Pride Lady" on developing ideas to get the word out that a "City of Philadelphia" municipal flag exists. I had a "Philly Flag" to ship to my son within a few weeks! We received it during a special ceremony in City Council Chambers with a citation presented by the honorable Juan Ramos. The very next day, I shipped the precious flag to my son in Iraq and he took it with him wherever he went while he served in the US Army. The Philly Flag was with Tony during both of his tours in Iraq and in Germany and Fort Gordon, GA in between tours.

In June 2011, my son retired from the Army as a Staff Sergeant. The Philly Flag is folded and in a special wooden display case with a brass plate, that says "Specialist Anthony Fusetti - First Philly Flag Soldier". This special flag and the memories that come with it will always remind our family of the special people in the City of Brotherly Love who helped a guy from Philly - so far away from home and in a war zone - feel the comfort and love of home!

Debbie Fusetti Proud Mother of a U.S. Army Veteran