|FMAA Encourages Citizens to Observe “the Date that will Live in Infamy”
(Wayne, PA, November 30, 2010) . . . Tuesday, December 7, is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – a day to honor those American service men and women who died or were injured in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) is encouraging all citizens to fly the flag of the United States of America at half-mast as part of their observance of this day.
On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise and led to more than 2,000 American citizens being killed and more than 1,000 being injured in two waves of terror lasting two hours. Along with the loss of life, 350 aircraft were destroyed or damaged. All eight battleships of the US Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged, including the USS Arizona.
The Japanese military hoped that the attack would prevent the United States from increasing their influence in the Pacific, but it ultimately escalated World War II. On December 8, 1941, US citizens gathered around their radios to hear President Franklin Roosevelt give a speech to Congress stating that the bombing was “a date which will live in infamy”. That same day, Congress declared war on Japan. Three days later, Congress declared war on Germany. The slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” mobilized the country and its citizens.
Many organizations around the United States hold special events to commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, with survivors of the attack taking an active part. But as these survivors age, there are fewer and fewer of them to tell their stories. The attack on our country on September 11, 2001, has also diminished some of the memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is up to us as US citizens to continue the memory of those who sacrificed on that morning so long ago to give our country a legacy of freedom and peace.
One way to recognize the bravery, sacrifice, and patriotism of these people and carry on their memory is by flying the American flag. The FMAA wants to ensure that the flags we proudly display on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 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 US facilities with US 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