Tactile American Flags
Those who have lost their sight or are visually impaired can still behold the splendor of the United States flag by feeling the corrugated stripes and the distinct rectangle that houses the 50 rigid stars on the American flags made by Norva Cordova.
Cordova, a member of the General Marion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, said making the Braille 18- by 12- inch American flags is a project dear to her heart for several reasons.
Cordova machine sews a thin blue braid around the field of silver metal stars. The white stripes are left alone while a red braid is sewn over each red stripe.
"If you are blind, you can feel the difference between the white and red stripes,” she said. “You may not know colors, but you know it’s striped.”
Cordova has made 14 flags this year, and 75 total since she began making them about five years ago. Each flag takes about three hours to complete, she said.
The national DAR organization’s Web site advertises her flags for sale to other chapters as a fundraiser for DAR, Cordova said, but locally, she donates them to the blind. She donated three to the school system, where they work with visually impaired students and 10 to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, where she received positive feedback on the flags she contributed to the veterans.
Featured in the August 2006 DAR national magazine, Cordova took first place in the DAR Regional Southwest Division before advancing to the national competition, where she won second place at the National American Heritage Contest in the fiber arts division in Washington D.C.
Cordova later received a request from the national Children of the DAR for a flag to add to the Braille flag display in the headquarters in Washington D.C. She served as her DAR chapter’s flag chairperson for four years, where she previously made up certificates to honor different businesses in town that displayed the American flag properly, and continues to support patriotic projects sponsored by the local DAR chapter.
One of Cordova’s Braille flags is on display with her contact information at Skyline Vision Clinic, 700 Main St., and her flags are available for purchase for $20 by calling her at 719-671-1710.
Cañon City Daily Record