As you may know, in the spring of 2001, (prior to the tragic
events of September 11, 2001), the Thirteen-Fifty Foundation
was established and began its mission of service -- to celebrate
America and the American flag by encouraging active, purposeful
citizenship. Very simply stated, the foundation has many goals
among them, to instill knowledge about the American flag;
to encourage thought and discourse about what it means to
be an American; to encourage active citizenship and humanitarianism;
and to recognize individuals who have represented the U.S.
flag and our nation well. In this regard, it is only fitting
that I share these thoughts with you.
My passion and commitment to the mission and goals of the
Thirteen-Fifty Foundation is as unwavering as the flag itself.
Through my upbringing and education, through my travels and
my lifes experiences, through my relationships and philanthropic
work with so many generous and loving individuals, I have
learned to appreciate the United States all its opportunities
and all its challenges. These are all represented in the American
flag, truly the fabric of our nation.
Life is urgent. Life is compelling. Life is a gift. Each day
we are presented with opportunities to participate vibrantly
or to sit idly on the sidelines as a spectator. Each day,
we are given the opportunity to make history or walk in its
wake. We at the Thirteen-Fifty Foundation invite you to take
advantage of the many opportunities present in the world today;
to participate, to make history and to make a difference by
engaging in the foundations mission of active and purposeful
citizenship. Together, let us celebrate America and the American
flag, and that for which it stands. Your participation will
be an expression of your citizenship and your commitment to
a better world.
As I travel throughout the nation and all over the world,
I do so as a citizen, an ambassador and a child of the United
States. On behalf of everyone affiliated with the Thirteen-Fifty
Foundation, I invite you to join us in celebrating America
and the American flag, as we continue on this journey of engaged
citizenship and personal diplomacy.
Carla Knorowski, Ph.D.