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Florida to buy only American-made, American flags

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Recently, area residents participated in a variety of assemblies and events to remember the events of September 11, 2001 while also taking the time to pay tribute to the men and women who serve as first responders, emergency personnel, and those who are serving or have served in the military.
The American Flag was flown at many locations in the area and provided a sense of national pride for local residents.
I truly enjoy seeing the large amount of flags on display at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico and the cemetery in Centralia.
The design of the flag has been changed 26 times since 1977.
I proudly place my hand over my heart and look in the direction of the flag during the National Anthem, which is the proper protocol.
As a reminder, it is not proper for those citizens not in uniform to look towards the flag during the anthem and have their hands behind them or to their side. We are to put our right hand over our heart.
What is crazy to think about is that so many of the flags today are not made in the United States.
They are actually made in China.
This is why I applaud Florida Governor Rick Scott this week who signed the “All American Flag Act” for his state on Monday.
The new law calls for all U.S. or state flags bought by Florida’s state, county, or city agencies to be made in the United States.
One Florida high school student, who helped make this issue become a reality, was happy with the decision.
“Especially government buildings, that’s the place where it should be made in America,” Tyla Gelman, age 17, told Fox News. “That’s a slap in the face, having an American flag flying on a government building that’s made in China.”
“Why wouldn’t every flag be made in the United States of American?” said Gov. Scott to a crowd on the act. “It’s the most logical thing we’re doing.”
My hope is this starts a movement in this country. I’ve talked about this before with the steel industry, along with so many others, that have left the United States and make their home now in China. It’s time this trend stops.
Hopefully, more states follow this pattern in the near future.