Considering how the new American Flag, and Pledge of Allegiance, flaps are erupting this summer, I figured it would be interesting to share old essays of mine, on previous such flaps, and see what readers, today, might have to say. ;-D ( Part 1 is here )
A comment left to the original version of my last entry in this series, by a person calling themself "Wake-Up", questioned the citizenship of the flag I had bought to stick on my bicycle.
This was my response... ;-D
May 5th, 2004 - Citizenship of Flag Questioned
My name is Flag, American Flag, and I will be 227 years old next month.
That is NOT too old that my faculties are such that I can't defend myself, and give a piece of my mind to nimrods such as yourself who have the audacity to question my citizenship.
In a comment to my new friend, and fellow Patriot's, essay of May 1st, 2004, Pedaling Patriotism, you asked the following impertinent question:
"And where was that $1.49 flag manufactured, Mr Patriot?"
As the Flag in question I feel it my duty, and obligation, to answer you in full, and set all doubts to rest about my citizenship.
I am taking time out from writing my memoirs to do this, mind you, so pay the hell attention! ( Damn it! I hadn't planned on speaking out in public so soon, but THIS is important! )
I am a 12in. X 18in. flag mounted on an approximately 2ft. long, thin, round, wooden stick.
What I'm made of isn't important other than to say it's of much sterner stuff than you, WAKE-UP.
I cost $1.39, plus 10cents tax, and am worth every penny of it!
The Company who manufactured me is a U.S. based company whose flags have been representing the symbol of this nations values, honor, and glory for 4 generations.
With the help of this company I have flown proudly, and I DO mean PROUDLY, on every battlefront, and from the mast of every ship during WW2.
I was at Pearl Harbor, and at Iwo ( perhaps you've seen the photo? ).
From Korea, to Vietnam, and the Gulf War to the present engagement, I have represented this company, and served our nation with dedication and pride.
All over America you will find me outside Govt. Buildings, and homes, on cars, and trucks, and in America's classrooms.
I take great pride in being there for our Govt., military vets, and ordinary citizens.
Since 1777 I have been our nations banner of Liberty, undivided allegiance, valor, and pride for the American way of life.
I am made of AMERICAN materials, in AMERICAN factories, and by AMERICAN workers ( 500 of my best friends ), and damn well PROUD to say so!
The ancestors of Valley Forge immigrated to America in 1882, and until the depression were burlap bag manufacturers who also dabbled in WW1 surplus, including flags.
VF ( I can call him that, if I want! Age has its priviledges! ) moved to Spring City, Pa. in 1932 and began to make Flags, and the rest is history.
Marrying another U.S. Flag maker named Betsy, in the late 90's, and after the happy couple recently gave birth to a child named Elizabeth Ross, the Family run business is as strong as ever.
They now make their home in Womelsdorf, Pa., and are a respected pillar of the community.
While there ARE some Flags sporting the colors of this great land, that are made outside the nation they defend, it is not for me to question the Patriotism of those who make them, or fly them.
It is enough for me to believe that those who fly us, and respect us, are PROUD of the country they live in, and its heritage, and are NOT ashamed to let the whole damn world, including our enemies, know it.
I hope this answers your question, and puts to rest any attempt by you to discredit a Patriot such as my friend.
AKA "Old Glory"
What MADE IN AMERICA MEANS to Valley Forge & its fellow U.S. Manufacturers:
It is both Valley Forge Flag's philosophy and practice that U.S. flags be sourced, woven, dyed, finished, sewn, and distributed in the U.S.A. in domestically owned facilities with American labor.
The beliefs, values, and dreams that the U.S. flag represents are an inalienable part of the American character and psyche. It is for this reason that we believe that Americans, regardless of their national origin, race, color, creed, or religion, should be the producers of the various materials and processes that go into making an American flag.
Valley Forge is proud to join other American manufacturers as founding members of the Flag Manufacturers' Association of America (FMAA). This association is committed to a daily, nationwide effort to educate the press, the public, and the various selling outlets of American flags about the importance of domestic manufacturing of U.S. flags. Educating the country and helping to enforce the legal requirements for the clear labeling of imported products is an important role that Valley Forge Flag takes very seriously.
To that end, member manufacturers have established the FMAA Certification. This seal is the public's assurance that the flag being purchased and displayed is, in fact, Made in the U.S.A. Although several countries export flags to the U.S., the vast majority of the American public prefers U.S. flags be made in the U.S.A. Valley Forge and the FMAA encourage customers to look for and ask for FMAA certified products and for retailers everywhere to support these efforts by only offering flags Certified Made in the U.S.A. for sale.