(02/28/13) - It is the most patriotic symbol for Americans - but not all of
American Flags are made in our country.
State Senator Roger Kahn of Saginaw says it's not uncommon to find imported American flags - even some flying outside local state offices or schools.
"We don't like that. It's a jobs issue, it's a symbolism issue, it's a patriotism issue," he said.
Now a bill introduced to state lawmakers by Kahn would require that city and county government buildings fly flags that have been manufactured in the United States.
It is welcomed news for the owner of a Holly business that sells American-made flags.
"I don't think the American flag should ever be imported. It should always be made here. Not just for the quality, but for the patriotic reasons," said Brian Mann, owner of Flagpoles Etc.
State law already requires American-made flags to be flown outside state government offices. This law would effect local offices, school districts college campuses and public libraries.
"What message do we want to give to our youngsters who are growing up and learning about the pledge of allegiance and learning about our flag?" Kahn said.
If you're wondering where your flag is made, it should say 'Made in the USA' on the box. If you don't have the box, there should be a tag on the flag itself.
"I think it will help us when we're explaining to the customer how important it is to buy made in the USA," Mann said. "Then they'll be more conscious and maybe ask, 'Is this flag made in the USA?'"
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