Former Marine Josh Gracin teamed up with war widow Seana Arrechaga to pen this song about her late husband. Army SFC Ofren Arrechaga died in March 2011 from wounds from a firefight in Afghanistan one month before he was scheduled to return home. Gracin explained his involvement to Billboard magazine: "Sears approached me early this spring to be involved with Heroes At Home, and to be involved with a contest they had people from around the globe who have a loved one who serves in the military could write a song and submit it to Sears. The top essay then went to me, and it was my job to write a song about it."
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.