Comic fans petition U.S. government to create official Flash Appreciation holiday

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Flash’s debut, and some intrepid fans are pushing the White House to give the Scarlet Speedster his very own national holiday.

Spearheaded by the folks at Nothing But Comics, the We The People petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures by Feb. 10, 2015, to be considered officially by the president. It’s part of that nifty new public petitioning system, and this is easily one of the geekiest entries yet. It still has a long way to go, but here’s hoping it’ll gain some steam.

Looking back over the past 75 years, the Flash has definitely been a definining figure in the world of comics — while also serving as an excellent role model. Toss in the fact that more people than ever are jumping on the super-fast bandwagon thanks to The CW's hit series, and it sounds like a perfect storm for some Barry Allen love.

Check out the petition intel below:

DC Comics superhero the Flash debuted in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940). The character’s legacy is impressive, and the hero’s adventures continue today in comics and on television. The Flash uses his powers of super-speed in the cause of justice, and has provided positive inspiration to his many fans for the past 75 years.

We, the fans of the Flash, ask the President of the United States to declare February 11, 2015 “Flash Appreciation Day” in order to honor the character’s inspirational example and values.

The organizers are asking for Feb. 11, 2015, to be declared “Flash Appreciation Day.” If you’re interested in throwing your name behind the initiative, click here to sign.

(Via Comic Book, Nothing But Comics)