Support Our Military by Purchasing Veteran Made Flags 

By: Paula Green 

On June 14, the United States celebrates Flag Day. There is a reason why this date has historical meaning.  It turns out that on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution. They decreed that “the flag of the United States would have 13 stripes, alternate red and white, and that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. 

Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14 beginning in 1885. Flag Day wasn’t officially recognized until President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1949. 

The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During National Flag Week, U.S. citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag. The flag should be displayed on all government buildings.  In addition, some organizations hold parades and events to celebrate our national flag and everything it represents. It’s also a time to remember and honor military men and women who defend our flag and country. 

An awesome way to support our military is to purchase flags handmade by veterans.  Flags of Valor are the largest producer of wooden American flags in the United States. Every flag is handmade by a team of American combat veterans. These brave service members served as far back as the Vietnam War and more recent uprisings in Iraq and Syria. Flags of Valor employ more than 75 veterans and has raised over 41.7 million for veteran charities. For more information, visit www.flagsofvalor.com/collections/wooden-american-flag-made-by-veterans. 

Another veteran-operated facility that manufactures wooden flags, apparel and hand-crafted items is braveamerican.com/collections/wooden-flags. They have a plethora of military things, all made by veterans.  

Veterans Made Works is a company that employs “vets with a passion for carpentry.” Any one of their handmade wooden flags can be custom laser engraved. If you have a quality image, they can engrave it. This veterans group specializes in names, sayings, numbers, emblems and logos. Learn more at veteranmadeny.com/team/. 

If you are in need of a flagpole to hang “Old Glory” then shop at Service First.  The company is owned and operated by Parker McCumber, an OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) Veteran. Service First is not only veteran-owned, but they also employ many active and reserve service members.  Their flagpoles are designed to withstand the strongest storms and be a fixture at your home or office for decades.  For more info, visit servicefirstproducts.com. 

Flags for Veterans is a flag distributor, and 100% of its products are made in the United States. They make American flags, state flags, military flags, international flags and library flags. They also offer a full line if promotional products and commercial printing. For further details, visit www.flagsforveterans.com/. 

Happy shopping, and display your flag, and show your American pride on June 14 and July 4. 

 Sources: www.history.com/news/what-is-flag-day, www.united-states-flag.com/flag-day-history.html