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).
2021 Commemorative Flags
The following flags were authorized by the City Council to be displayed in 2021 in accordance with the Commemorative Flag Policy.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Flag
February 1-28, 2021
The NAACP Long Beach Branch flag is flown in February to commemorate African-American 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 African-American 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. 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 Black History Month in 1976. Since then, every American president has designated February as African-American History Month.
The NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members are advocates committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens. Learn more about the NAACP Long Beach Branch.
Fallen Pandemic Victims and Heroes Remembrance
March 1-31, 2021
In March, we fly the Healthcare Heroes flag, to pay tribute to all healthcare workers who have worked vigorously 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 while treating others.
This month 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 all continue our efforts to fight COVID-19.
Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day: April 17
April 1-30, 2021
We will fly the Cambodian flag in April in commemoration of Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day, held on April 17. This day remembers the genocide of over two million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979 during the Khmer Rouge Regime. We remember those lives lost and celebrate the resilience of the Cambodian community. Today, the Long Beach / Signal Hill area has the largest and oldest Cambodian community in the nation.
On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized Phnom Penh and immediately began to drive the city's 2 million residents into the countryside. The Khmer Rouge turned the country into an enormous forced labor camp. Money, property, books and religion were outlawed. Cambodia's economy, already severely damaged, ground to a halt. In less than four years, between 1.7 million and 2.5 million people died, out of a population of 8 million. Many succumbed to starvation or exhaustion. Tens of thousands were outright killed. Not until April 1978 did U.S. President Jimmy Carter declare the Khmer Rouge "the worst violator of human rights in the world." A border dispute between the regime and communist Vietnam flared into full-scale war, and in January 1979, Vietnamese forces invaded Phnom Penh and began to set up a new government, beginning the end of Khmer Rouge leadership. Learn more from PBS.org.
May 22 -June 30, 2021
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.
World AIDS Day
December 1-31, 2021
World AIDS Day is on December 1 each year. We commemorate World AIDS Day as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.