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Juli Lederhaus, General Manager
Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 22 through December 28, 2014
Monday, December 22
Ireland and Maine
23 Israel and Maryland
Wednesday, December 24 Italy and Massachusetts
Thursday, December 25 Jamaica and Michigan
Friday, December 26 Japan and Micronesia
Saturday, December 27
Jordan and Minnesota
Sunday, December 28
Kazakhstan and Mississippi
*Denotes special request
FAQs about our Flag Program
Q. Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?
A. Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in. He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.
Q. How long has this program been in existence?
A. While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.
Q. Where are the flags flown?
A. The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q. How are the flags chosen?
A. The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order. The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.
Q. Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?
A. Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community. If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.
Q. What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?
A. That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA. She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel. She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.
Q. Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?
A. We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date. For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan. We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.
Q. What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?
A. In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by. Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.
Q. If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?
A. Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322. If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request. Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)