On July 4th, 1866, Governor Henry Crapo and Adjutant General John Robertson accepted on behalf of the State of Michigan the war-weary, bullet-torn and blood stained flags that our proud Michigan volunteers bore into battle during the recently ended Civil War. On that hot day in Campus Martius in Detroit, Governor Crapo pledged that the flags “would not be forgotten and their histories left unwritten”.
On July 2, 1991, Governor John Engler and the Adjutant General assisted in recreating the return of the battle flags on the 125th anniversary of their original return and initiated the Save The Flags project.
Since 1991, Save The Flags has worked to fulfill Governor Crapo's and Governor Engler’s promises by raising funds and awareness for this incredible collection of 240 battle flags, carried by Michigan soldiers in the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I.
Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. will mark the 150th anniversary of the return of the Civil War battle flags and the 25th anniversary of Save The Flags. The ceremony will take place on the Capitol steps. Please join numerous state dignitaries, historians and Civil War re-enactors, many of whom will be in attendance with their replica battle flags, as Michigan pays honor to the sacrifice of our proud Michigan Civil War soldiers.