He sits at a desk made of reclaimed timber of the HMS Resolute, a gift from Queen Victoria many, many years ago. This refurbished partner desk is one used by many presidents in the past who have sat at the helm Of the United States of America in The Oval Office. Today, our family is honored to post the visit that Our Dad’s Flag had inside the Oval Office with the resolute leader of our nation, President Barack Obama.
The HMS Resolute was a British Royal Navy ship that was seeking the Nortwest Passage in 1852. Captained by Henry Kellett of Tipperary, Ireland, the vessel was abandoned (under Kellett’s protest) after it was iced-in for a long period by the frigid arctic waters. Sometime later the American Whaler named George Henry discovered the ship having then floated 1,200 miles slightly weathered but not beaten — truly a resolute vessel. The British vessel was then brought to the United States where it was refurbished and gifted back to Queen Victoria.
When the ship was later salvaged, the Queen had it’s wood reclaimed and used to make a desk as a gift to the United States in honor of their kindness and friendship. Since the time it was given to the U.S., it has resided in the White House and used in various rooms. It was the desk John F. Kennedy chose to use during his presidency and has since been used by Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush as well as Barack Obama. The HMS Resolute legacy lends itself those who’ve guided our country with firm determination, and dared to be bold, steady and strong while leading the United States of America.
The day the postman came to our door to ask for us to sign for the special envelope in his hand he was most impressed by the return address, “The White House, Washington, DC.” He loved the fact that it was such an important address that it didn’t need a street address! Our Mom and the children were all home that special afternoon when the envelope arrived. It’s contents were beyond our expectations when we saw the photo and read the handwritten note:
“…We are grateful for your family’s service to our country, and your great idea for the Blue Star Flag. . . Barack Obama”
Now that’s one heck of a political endorsement!!!! Our thanks to President Obama and his staff and the White House Photo Office for taking part in Our Dad’s Flag.
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