Celebrate Presidents’ Day with the American Flag

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America Encourages all Americans to Display their American Flags for the Upcoming Holiday

(Wayne, PA, February 15, 2011) . . . The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) encourages all citizens to proudly display their American flags on Monday, February 21, when our country celebrates Presidents’ Day

A federal holiday honoring our first President, George Washington, was implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 for government offices in the District of Columbia, and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices.  It was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen and was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22.  When the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was enacted in 1971, the federal holiday shifted to the third Monday in February, which meant that the holiday would fall between February 15 and 21, and would never land on Washington’s actual birthday.  Still, the name of the holiday continued to be “Washington’s Birthday”. 

By the mid-1980’s, there was a push from the public – primarily advertisers – to call the holiday “Presidents’ Day” to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln.  However, Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, had never been a federal holiday.   Since that time, “Presidents’ Day” has become the generally accepted name for the holiday.  The holiday is known as a day for great sales at stores and car dealers.  This may be appropriate, as the original intent of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was to promote business.  Although some school districts close, most colleges and corporations remain open. 

Few Americans may actually celebrate this holiday, and there will be no picnics or parades.  But it would be appropriate to honor the memories of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and acknowledge a federal holiday, by flying one of the greatest symbols of our country.  Fly your own American flag this Monday for everyone to see.    

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.    

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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