"I remember the faces and heartbreaking stories from our customers those couple of days following the attacks in 2001 and this felt like closure".
East Greenbush, NY (PRWEB) September 28, 2011
Gettysburg Flag Works, located in East Greenbush, NY was chosen by the Office of the Governor to produce the 10th Anniversary 9/11 “WE REMEMBER” Commemorative Flag.
The flag, designed by New York State, was unveiled at a press conference at the State Museum by Governor Cuomo and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The symbols on the flag evoke what was lost on September 11th and what still endures. The 40 stars represent the victims who lost their lives on United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The five-sided figure represents the Pentagon, where 125 people perished. At the center of the flag are the Twin Towers, where the greatest loss of life occurred that day.
When Gettysburg Flag Works received the call from Governor Cuomo’s Office informing them that their company was chosen, all owner Mike Cronin could do was smile and reflect back when it all started. A materials engineer for 24 years, Cronin started selling flags out of the trunk of his car as a part time venture in 1993. In 1996 he was laid-off from his engineering job and faced the biggest decision of his professional life. “Once I made the decision, I never looked back. It was the best thing that ever happened to my career.”
Cheryl Rings, the first employee hired by Gettysburg Flag Works, received the call in late August from the Office of General Services requesting a quote for a very confidential project. “In my 12 years selling and making flags, I’ve never before had a confidential project come across my desk. It was exciting, but my first look at the artwork was the moment I knew what it was for and I was honored to be part of something so special. I remember the faces and heartbreaking stories from our customers those couple of days following the attacks in 2001 and this felt like closure”.
Once the Governor’s Office gave the green light, the production team swung into action. Every custom flag from the original order was sewn individually by the women at the East Greenbush store. A dedicated team worked 8-10 hour days to ensure the flags were ready on time for the unveiling.
Gettysburg Flag Works has grown from a company of two employees selling American Flags to 12 employees offering a wide range of products including US Made American Flags/Flagpoles, Custom Flags/Banners and Promotional Items. While so many businesses are struggling through this recession, Cronin has managed to increase sales and hire additional employees. His company’s success reminds us all that the small businesses remain the backbone of our country. So when you see the new 9/11 Memorial Flag flying, look upon it with an appreciation that the first flags were Made in America, right here in East Greenbush, NY.