Washington Flag Congress, 2011

Rare Historical Flags Debut for the First Time in Washington D.C., August 4, 2011

Flags from renowned Zaricor Flag Collection on exhibit during the Washington Flag Congress

Click for a Slideshow of the Exhibited Flags

Alexandria, Va. - Ben Zaricor, owner of the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC), presented eleven of his Collection's most historically significant flags in Alexandria, Va. at the Washington Flag Congress, hosted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), commencing on Monday, August 1. From August 1-5, the Congress hosted premier scientists, historians and collectors from more than 30 countries across the globe. This was the first meeting of this elite group on U.S. soil since 1986.

Mr. Zaricor showcased notable flags from his collection highlighting the histories of the flags and what they reveal about the era in which they were created. He also showed a period 13 star flag and announced that eight have been identified in the Collection from the Revolution and early Federal period - more than any museum or collection to date.

Notable flags include an 1805 British "Union Jack" from the Battle of Trafalgar, known to be the last remaining documented flag from the battle; two flags from President John F. Kennedy's limo in Dallas the day he was assassinated; and a rare flag from the War of 1812 captured by the British, among others.

Calendar of Events - Thursday, August 4, 2011

EVENT: Luncheon Presentation by Ben Zaricor
TIME: 12:30 pm ET
WHERE: George Washington Masonic Memorial
North Lodge Room
101 Callahan Dr.
Alexandria, VA
DESCRIPTION: Owned by renowned collector and businessman, Ben Zaricor, the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC) is the largest, most notable collection of United States and foreign flags in the world with more than 3,300 historical artifacts to its credit. The dynamic working collection is used for research, exhibition and educational purposes.

Photo: Karen Zaricor, Assistant to the Curator and James J. Ferrigan III, Curator,
holding up the US National Flag from the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Limousine, Nov. 22, 1963

Photo credits: Ted Kaye, Jan Oscar Eugene


FOX DC 5 News: California Man Brings Rare Flag Collection to Washington.
Watch Fox 5 News Segment above

THE HILL: Q&A with Ben Zaricor, American flag collector.
Read The Hill Report

Flags of the World: Report on the 24th International Congress of Vexillology.
Read the Full Congress Report

The Washington Flag Congress: Congress Officials.
List of the Washington Flag Congress Officials

North American Vexillological Association: The Washington Flag Congress Invitation. NAVA Washington Flag Congress Invitation