(Roseland, NJ, May 25, 2011) Annin Flagmakers has proudly manufactured the US flag since 1847. In conjunction with the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA), Annin Flagmakers is encouraging all American citizens to join them in displaying the flag of our country in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. Memorial Day is a day reserved for the remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms while in service to our country.
“We are forever grateful to the men and women who have died to protect us, and honor their memory on Memorial Day and throughout the year,” said Sandy Van Lieu, FMAA Chairman. “We call upon all citizens to fly the American flag as an expression of gratitude and respect, and in support of the men and women who continue to fight to keep our country safe.”
Annin Flagmakers is proud to manufacture three new flags designed by two non-profit organizations driven by historical events to create a national campaign of remembrance. The first is the Honor and Remember Flag [www.HonorandRemember.org], created by a father, George Lutz, who lost his son in the Iraq war. The goal of this organization is to promote national awareness of the flag and establish state by state legislative passage to designate this flag as a national emblem of service and sacrifice of lives lost by the military in defense of our freedom.
Additionally, Annin Flagmakers is proud to be the manufacturer of the Flag of Honor and the Flag of Heroes [www.flagofhonor.org]. John Michelotti, the flag creators states “these flags have been designed with the sincerest intentions of honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001”. This year is the commemorative 10th Anniversary of September 11th. Annin and the Flag of Honor Project will donate 10% of net sales on the two flags to the Voices of 9/11, the Wounded Warrior Project and the National 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero.
In observance of Memorial Day, it is recommended that all US citizens:
- Fly the US flag at half-staff until noon. For US flags displayed on a short staff or for indoor flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff, tie a black bow above the full-staffed US flag. At noon, the flag should be raised quickly to the top of the flag pole. At the end of the day, the flag should be lowered slowly and ceremoniously for the day.
- Fly the Honor and Remember Flag and the Flag of Honor
- Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- Visit memorials and take part in services sponsored by veterans.
- Take a few moments to reflect on the true meaning of the day and be mindful of the sacrifices of others in defense of our nation.
- Make a pledge to aid those families affected by our fallen heroes, and to aid disabled veterans.
With Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day all within a few short weeks of each other, summer is prime time for flying your flag. Before hanging your flag, FMAA encourages all citizens to be sure it truly is an American made flag. US law requires every flag be labeled with its “Country of Origin”. Those designated “Made in the USA” may be true to their name. However, 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.
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.
Annin Flagmakers, a family owned business since 1847 headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey, is the oldest and largest flagmaker in the United States. Annin Flagmakers distributes its products through Specialty Flag Retailers, mass market retailers and organizations such as the VFW and the American Legion.