Committee Chair:  Paul A. Rose

Won’t you  Click Here to Help elementary school children experience a Living Flag at their school?


Living American Flag of Today
The “Human Flag of 1914” with 6,500 Baltimore City School Children

Today, The American Flag Foundation (AFF) works with Fort McHenry to recreate the Living American Flag for special events held there.  AFF also hears from family members of some of the original participants, — who remember stories from grandparents, and want to take part in today’s Living American Flags! The very first recorded Living American Flag was known as the great “Human Flag of 1914,” composed of 6,500 Baltimore City school children and formed at Fort McHenry.

This symbol of our country has been displayed and depicted in many ways, but none more enthusiastically than when formed by school children.

A new twist created especially for the community’s schools is the Traveling Living American Flag

[Left: A “Traveling Living American Flag” held at Church Creek Elementary School in Harford County, Maryland].

The American Flag Foundation (AFF) works with three counties/cities each year for the selection of three schools, to facilitate a special event-filled day focused on patriotism.

Students perform a parade of flags and other skits/musical programs, then form the Living American Flag, captured forever in a commemorative picture for display in the school.

  • PRINCIPAL’S PACKAGE:  This includes a timeline, sample schedule, sample news release, sample letter of invitation, worksheet for Parade of Flags, LAF History, Philip F. Haxel, Sr. Baton of Patriotism Essay Contest letter and entry cover form. 2019 Principal Package
  • ESSAY CONTEST:  A challenging piece of the school program is a patriotism essay contest:  The Philip F. Haxel, Sr. Baton of Patriotism Website Haxel Letter and Form 2019 (Also in Principal’s Package).
    • This is OPEN ONLINE to all 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students across the nation who want to participate, to receive a certificate or a plaque, as well as being recognized on our website.
    • The Orioles organization donates tickets and pictures taken with the Orioles Bird to celebrate the winners of the Baton of Patriotism essay contest.  The game date this year is July 19, 2017, 7:05 PM with the Rangers!
  • For a complete Living American Flag history, LAF HISTORY.

2018 LAF School

  1. Perry Hall Elementary; Baltimore County, Tuesday, May 29.

2017 LAF Schools

  1. Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr. ElementaryBaltimore City, Tuesday, May 9.
  2. Essex ElementaryBaltimore County, Tuesday, May 16.


2016 LAF Schools

  1. Leeds Elementary; Cecil County, Thursday, May 5.
  2. Red Pump Elementary; Harford County, Tuesday, May 10.
  3. Pine Grove Elementary; Baltimore County, Tuesday, May 17.

Click Here to read 2016 Winning Essays

2015 LAF Schools

  1. Hampton Elementary Middle School; Baltimore County, Tuesday, May 19 .
  2. Cancelled:  Conowingo Elementary in Cecil County, and Gilman School in Baltimore City.  The American Flag Foundation acknowledges the schedule constraints as well as other obstacles to our school calendars when pitting snow days against planning extra-curricular activities, and hope that, in future years, we see those who could not make it this year. 


2014 The Living American FlagTM Sponsors’ Page

Click Here 2014 Winning Essays!

2014 LAF Schools

  1. John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School; 701 Rappolla Street; Baltimore City, Tuesday, May 6.
  2. Timonium Elementary School; 2001 Eastridge Road; Baltimore County. (To be rescheduled)
  3. Church Creek Elementary School; 4299 Church Creek Road; Harford County, Tuesday, May TBA.
  4. Morkovsky Home School took part and won, in the Philip F. Haxel, Sr. Baton of Patriotism Essay Contest, an ONLINE entry.

2014 Baton of Patriotism Winners

  1. Angel Scott, Grade 5, Church Creek Elementary School
  2. Perry Morkovsky, Grade 5, Morkovsky Home School
  3. Irma Caguana, Grade 5, John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School



Click Here 2013 Winning Essays!

2013 LAF Schools

  1. Red Pump Elementary School; 600 Red Pump Road, Bel Air; Harford County, MD, Tuesday, May 7.
  2. Riderwood Elementary School;  1711 Landrake Road, Towson; Baltimore County, MD, Tuesday, May 14.
  3. North East Elementary School; 301 Thomas Avenue, North East; Cecil County, MD, Tuesday, May 21.

2013 LAF Baton of Patriotism Winners:

Kyle Ellette, 4th Grade, North East Elementary School

Sean Engler, 5th Grade, Riderwood Elementary School

Grant Sparr, 5th Grade, Red Pump Elementary School



2012 LAF Baton of Patriotism WinnerGigi Sellers, 5th Grade, Bay View Elementary School, Cecil County, Maryland

May 2012 LAF Schools

May 8, Cecil County – Bay View Elementary – Slide Show (Below)



2011 LAF Baton of Patriotism WinnerZoe Bonitatibus, 4th Grade, Meadowvale Elementary School, Harford County, Maryland

(See her winning essay below!)


May 10, 2011 – Baltimore City – Glenmount Elementary Middle School

May 17, 2011 – Baltimore County – Kingsville Elementary School

May 24, 2011 – Harford County – Meadowvale Elementary School


  • Library of Winners Patriotism Essays
  • LAF Picture Gallery
  • 2009 Church Creek Elementary LAF
  • 2009 Carney Elementary LAF
  • 2009 Ruhrah Elementary LAF
  • 2010 Cecilton Elementary LAF
  • Volunteer