(Wayne, PA, August 14, 2009) . . . The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) urges all citizens to proudly display our nation’s greatest symbol, the American flag, on five holidays in the month of September as an expression of gratitude and respect. The month of September has the distinction of featuring more opportunities for flying the flag than any other month of the year.
Labor Day is celebrated on September 7 this year. This Federal holiday, observed annually on the first Monday in September, pays tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. Labor Day is unique in that it honors the daily efforts and accomplishments of the American people. Other national holidays commemorate victories or defeats in battle or remember lives sacrificed in the name of our country.
Patriot Day is observed on September 11. It is on this day that we honor those who fell victim to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The President of the United States issues a proclamation each year in the days leading up to September 11, requesting that government officials and citizens observe the day appropriately. There is no better way to do it than flying your American flag half-staff on this, the eighth anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.
Constitution Day follows a week later on September 17. It is an observance of the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787. Before a law was enacted in 2004 identifying this holiday, it was known as "Citizenship Day". In addition to renaming the holiday, the act mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.
Keep the flag flying the following day for POW/MIA Recognition Day on September 18. Each year, the President signs a proclamation to honor those Americans who are still missing and unaccounted for from our nation’s wars. The focus is to ensure that America remembers its responsibility to stand behind those who serve our nation and do everything possible to account for those who do not return. Observances are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools, fire stations, and veterans’ facilities. This is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag at major military installations, national cemeteries, post offices, VA medical facilities, and certain memorials and offices in Washington DC, as well as at the White House.
The month closes with Gold Star Mother’s Day when it is officially observed nationwide on September 27. A “gold star mother” refers to a woman whose son or daughter was killed in the line of duty while serving our country. On this day, we pay special tribute to the mothers of those lost, and honor their strength, courage, and determination. Gold Star Mother’s Day is an opportunity to recognize their sacrifice for our country. Since 1936, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation prior to the observance, and calls upon the nation to recognize the sacrifice made by these mothers, encouraging us to also pray for their spirit.
“The flag is truly our nation’s greatest symbol,” commented Sandy Van Lieu, FMAA Chairman. “What better way to honor the country and our fellow Americans on all of these holidays but by flying the flag, and showcasing our pride for all to see.”
Flying the flag is an important part of observing these holidays, 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
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