“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,”
Roseland, NJ (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Annin Flagmakers has proudly manufactured the US flag since 1847. 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 27. 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 Mary E. Repke, VP of Marketing. “We remind 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 manufactures three flags designed to pay tribute to our service men and women and support the non-profit organizations associated with the flags. The first is the Honor and Remember Flag 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.
The second flag is the Blue Star Service Banner displayed by families who have a loved one serving in the armed forces including the National Guard and Reserves of all military departments. The blue star represents one family member serving in the armed forces.
The third flag, the POW-MIA Flag, is more widely known. In 1990, the 101st Congress officially recognized the POW/MIA flag, “designating it the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for the families and the Nation” (Public Law 101-355). The flag’s message is spread through its visibility. The POW/MIA flag has flown over the White House on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982. With the exception of the American flag, the POW/MIA flag is the only flag to fly over the White House and fly continually over the Capitol’s rotunda.
In observance of Memorial Day, the American Public should fly their 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.
Most local communities have ceremonies that you can attend to pay your respects and to thank the veterans and soldiers in attendance. Memorial Day is a day to visit memorials, take part in services sponsored by veterans, visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen heroes. Memorial Day is a perfect day to aid those families affected by our fallen heroes and to aid disabled veterans. Two of the organizations Annin supports are The Wounded Warrior Project and Pets for Patriots.
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.