In 2019, City Council adopted a commemorative flag policy to allow for the rotating display of commemorative flags underneath the City flag at City Hall, the Public Library, and the Police Station. Commemorative flags may only be displayed as authorized by resolution of the City Council. City Council’s annual consideration of flags for display is in January of each year, and the represented party is responsible for providing the selected flag. For more information, see the Commemorative Flag Policy (PDF).
2022 Commemorative Flags
The following flags were authorized by the City Council to be displayed in 2022 in accordance with the Commemorative Flag Policy.
Commemorating National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - January 9
January 3 – February 1, 2022
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is recognized annually on January 9. In commemoration of this day, and to recognize the men and women of the Signal Hill Police Department and all law enforcement agencies, we are flying a special flag through February 1. We hope you'll join us in thanking and recognizing local law enforcement for the difficult work they do daily. This day was created by several organizations in 2005. Learn more from C.O.P.S., one of the organizations that created this day.
Commemorating Black History Month
February 1 - March 1, 2022
Black History Month celebrated annually every February. This month celebrates the history and achievements of African-Americans. It also pays tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity throughout American history. African-American History Month encourages us to continue to promote the study of Black history throughout the year.
In 1925, Carter G. Woodson’s organization The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. Over the years, Negro History Week became a central part of African-American life, and across the country, more Americans came to appreciate the celebration. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized African-American History Month in 1976. The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. Learn more from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History here.
Commemorating Women's History Month
March 1 - April 1, 2022
Women's History Month is celebrated every March, recognizing the contributions women have made to American history in a variety of fields. The month was officially recognized by Congress in 1987, and since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." This theme is "both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history."
We will fly the Women's Suffrage Victory flag, with colors of purple, white and gold. This combination was used by the U.S. National Woman’s Party, a critical part of the fight for suffrage. The group described the meaning of its colors in a 1913 newsletter: “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.” (Source)
Commemorating World Health Worker Week: April 3 - April 9
April 1 - May 2, 2022
To commemorate World Health Worker Week, we will fly the Healthcare Heroes flag to pay tribute to all health workers who have bravely fought for others in the face of the dangerous and deadly foe that is COVID-19. We recognize their courage and dedication during one of the most challenging health crises in our country's history. We also honor those healthcare workers who unfortunately lost their lives due to COVID-19 while treating others.
This is also an opportunity to remember all those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each life lost is a tragedy: These are our grandparents, our parents, our siblings, children, coworkers, and neighbors. We reflect on their loss and the loved ones they leave behind, as we continue our efforts to fight COVID-19.
Commemorating Public Service Recognition Week
May 1 - May 7, 2022
Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees. This week provides an opportunity to recognize and promote the important contributions of public servants and honor the diverse individuals who meet the needs of our communities through work at all levels of government and as members of the uniformed services.
This week we will honor and celebrate all City of Signal Hill employees as well as all of the public service workers who make a difference through their work. Learn more about Public Service Recognition Week and all that public service workers do from the Partnership for Public Service.
Commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 9 - May 23, 2022
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
AAPI Heritage Month became law in 1992, Congress passed a law which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Learn more at AsianPacificHeritage.gov.
Commemorating LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Harvey Milk Day
May 22 -June 30, 2022
The Pride Flag commemorates Harvey Milk Day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Pride month, and the contributions of the LGBTQ community.
Harvey Bernard Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, having served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prior to being assassinated in 1978. Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the LBGTQ rights movement and the State of California officially recognizes Harvey Milk Day as a special day of observance annually on his birthday, May 22.
LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LBGTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Commemorating Labor Day
September 1 - September 15, 2022
Labor Day was declared a national holiday in 1894 and is observed on the first Monday in September. Labor Day has its roots in workers fighting for better working conditions and shorter workdays. On September 5, 1882, union leaders in New York City organized what’s thought to be the first Labor Day parade. Tens of thousands of labor union members, including tradespeople such as bricklayers, jewelers, typographers and clothing makers, took unpaid leave and marched. The day culminated in picnics, speeches, fireworks, and dancing.
Today, Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but worker-oriented Labor Day parades and festivities are still part of the federal holiday.
Commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 17, 2022
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this period. Learn more at hispanicheritagemonth.gov.
Commemorating Native American Heritage Month
November 1 - November 30, 2022
We commemorate Native Americans annually each November, and celebrate the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments, and contributions of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Through dance, family traditions, art, and music, these stories show both the contemporary diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the land we now call the United States. Native American Heritage Month is also a time to educate the public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
This month has its roots as "American Indian Day" in the early 1900's, when the Boy Scouts of America began to set aside a day for the “First Americans”. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Kansas formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. President Coolidge subsequently issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day. This was the first formal appeal for recognition of Native Americans as citizens. Learn more at nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov.