Today in 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave a speech in West Berlin. On the steps of Rathaus Schöneberg for an audience of 450,000, Kennedy said,
“Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was civis Romanus sum [“I am a Roman citizen”]. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner!”… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!”
No offense to President Kennedy, but I believe the proudest boast is “Ich bin Amerikaner” = “I am an American”. The American Flag is a symbol of this boast. It represents the pride in our country, it is the symbol of the dreams of freedom, it represents the ideals our Founding Fathers have built this nation upon. In the next 31 days, two events will take place that will put the American Flag in center stage: 4th of July and Summer Olympics.
Surprisingly, not all American Flags are Made in America. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America, established the “Certified Made In the U.S.A.” certification program. For a flag to carry this label, all of the materials must be domestic in origin and every step of its manufacture are completed in a U.S. facility with U.S. labor.
The following are American Flag Manufacturers that meet the FMAA certifications:
- Annin Flagmakers is the oldest and largest maker of flags in the United States. Founded in 1847 by brothers Benjamin and Edward Annin, it is still family owned and operated. They employ over 500 Americans and have several manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S. To find a Flag retailer near you click here.
- CF Flag, Chicago Flag & Decorating company, has been manufacturing US and State flags since 1898. They are the first American Manufacturer to produce the U.S. Flag made from recycled materials.
- J.C. Schultz Enterprises, Inc, founded in 1920 was a fraternal regalia manufacturer. In the 1960s, the third generation family members launched the company to a full line Flag and Banner manufacturer. They also designed and manufactured the first McDonald’s corporate flag.
- Valley Forge Flag, founded in 1882 is a family owned and operated American Manufacturer employing over 300 people. They are headquartered in Pennsylvania, and have a manufacturing and distribution facility in South Carolina. To find a Flag retailer near you click here.
As you prepare to celebrate the national day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence , please remember to support American Manufacturing and buy an American Made American Flag. Also, consider helping support Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes participating in the 2012 Games. Learn more and how to support here.