|FMAA Encourages Citizens to Observe Veterans Day and National Veterans Awareness Week
(Wayne, PA, October 27, 2009) . . . Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day – a day to pay tribute to America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice in order to give our country a legacy of freedom and peace. In honor of our country’s past and present armed forces members, the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) is calling upon all citizens to fly the American flag as part of their observance. National Veterans Awareness Week is November 8 through 14. Why not fly your flag the entire week?
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an act approved May 13, 1938 made November 11 of each year a legal holiday known as “Armistice Day.” Since the holiday was primarily established to honor veterans of World War I, the act was amended in 1954 following World War II to honor American veterans of all wars. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 officially became known as “Veterans Day.”
Each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation in the days leading up to November 11, requesting that government officials and citizens observe the day appropriately. President Obama recently stated, “Now, in just a few days -- a few weeks -- we will be observing Veterans Day. We'll pause again to pay tribute to all those who have worn America's uniform. We reflect on their sacrifices and those of their families -- citizens who've done their duty and who have fulfilled their responsibilities to their nation. As a nation, we'll pledge to fulfill our responsibilities to our veterans, because our commitment to our veterans is a sacred trust, and upholding that trust is a moral obligation.”
“While we are forever grateful to our country’s armed forces members, on Veterans Day especially we reflect on their service, sacrifice, and vital role in making our nation what it is today,” commented Sandy Van Lieu, FMAA Chairman. “The flag is truly our nation’s greatest symbol of freedom, representing all that our country stands for and how far we have come as a nation. Flying the American flag may seem like a small gesture, but it carries significant weight for anyone who has risked their life to protect this country.”
Flying the flag is an important part of observing this holiday, and FMAA wants to ensure that the flags we proudly display are true symbols of patriotism by encouraging Americans to look for the FMAA Certification Seal.
United States law requires every flag be labeled with its “country of origin.” Those designated as “Made in USA” may be true to their name, but 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. Look for the FMAA Certification Seal to be sure it is truly an American made flag.
In 2005, FMAA launched its “Certified Made in the USA” certification program, designed to ensure that all American flags purchased are made in the U.S. of materials that are domestic in origin and that all processes involved in its manufacture were completed in U.S. facilities with U.S. labor. The FMAA monitors and requires re-certification from its member manufacturers every year.
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