Honoring the Stars and Stripes on Flag Day

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America Celebrates National Flag Week

(Wayne, PA, May 27, 2009) . . . The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) celebrates the 232nd birthday of the U.S. flag on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, and encourages all Americans to join in the celebration and honor our nation’s great symbol by flying their own U.S. flag. 

Flag Day is the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777, when the Founding Fathers gave the United States its first symbol with the description: “The Flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars, white on a blue field representing a new constellation.”

Flag Day was officially established with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated by U.S. citizens for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3, 1949 that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

The week of June 14 is designated as National Flag Week. During that week, President Obama will issue a proclamation urging Americans to fly their flag for the duration of the week. Some organizations and communities hold parades and events in celebration of America's national flag and everything it represents.

While flying the flag is an important part of observing National Flag Week and Flag Day, FMAA wants to ensure the flags proudly displayed are true symbols of patriotism. When raising Old Glory for all to see, Americans are encouraged to look for the FMAA Certification Seal.

In 2005, FMAA launched its “Certified Made in the USA” certification program, designed to ensure that all American flags purchased are made in the USA of materials that are domestic in origin and that all processes involved in its manufacture were completed in USA facilities with USA labor. The FMAA monitors and requires re-certification from its member manufacturers every year.

U.S. law requires every flag be labeled with its country of origin. Those designated as “Made in USA” may indeed be true to their name, however only those bearing the FMAA Certification seal are guaranteed to adhere to the standards and continued compliance as monitored by a professional association and its domestic members. 

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America is a non-profit trade association, established in 2003, dedicated to educating and promoting the quality, variety, and proper use of flags manufactured in the United States.

For more information on the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, visit our web site at www.fmaa-usa.com

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