What is a Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony and What Does it Mean?

donate-life-flag-ceremonyHave you ever seen a Donate Life flag raised at one of our local hospitals in Colorado and wondered what that means? Keep reading to learn more about this symbol of remembrance and hope and the touching flag raising ceremonies.

Donate Life flag raising ceremony, what does it mean?

If you have never been a part of a flag raising ceremony or you have driven by a local hospital and witnessed the Donate Life flag flying on a hospital’s flagpole, you’ve probably wondered what it means.

Each year in April, hospitals across the United States raise Donate Life flags and fly them all month long as part of the National Donate Life Month, a month-long celebration in April honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients and those still waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

Each flag raising ceremony is unique to the attendees and hospital, but the display of honor and support for organ and tissue donation and transplantation holds true across Colorado. Donate Life flags have served as a nationwide display of unity, remembrance and hope, while honoring those touched by donation and transplantation since 2006.

The Donate Life flag honors organ, eye & tissue donors and their ​families

In Colorado, numerous hospitals would also fly the Donate Life flag in ceremonial fashion throughout the year, every time someone has given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation as a small yet powerful way to honor those selfless donors and their families. To find an event near you to attend, visit our event calendar.

Now that you know what the Donate Life Flag means and why flag raising ceremonies take place in Colorado, we encourage you to keep an eye out for the Donate Life flag when you drive by a local hospital. One way in which you can show your support and honor all those who have given the gift of life is to sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor. You can sign up online anytime at Donate Life Colorado or at the Driver License Office, when you renew or obtain your driver license or state I.D.