As America prepares to celebrate its 237th birthday, Sen. John Proos is encouraging local communities to use American-made flags when decorating the graves of the nation’s fallen heroes.
“One time-honored tradition, especially at Memorial Day and Independence Day, is for communities and volunteers to decorate with American flags and to use them to adorn the graves of veterans as a tribute to our great country and in remembrance of liberty’s true cost,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I believe that whenever possible we should honor our fallen heroes while also supporting America’s hard-working families.
“That is why I will continue to encourage local governments to use competitively priced American-made flags when decorating the graves of veterans.”
Bob Williams, Vietnam veteran and member of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund board of trustees, noted the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
“At this time in our country it is very important to show our patriotism to those who have fought for freedom and democracy and those that still defend it,” Williams said. “When we buy American-made we’re helping our neighbors and all hard-working Americans. What better day is there to show solidarity than the Fourth of July?”
Under Senate Bill 428, any Michigan municipality that chooses to mark the graves of veterans for memorial purposes would be asked to do so with American flags made in the United States, as long as the flags are of comparable quality and price to foreign manufactured versions.
“This is about ensuring that when we adorn our towns and the final resting places of our service men and women with American flags, we honor them and the country many of them died protecting, with flags made here at home,” Proos said. “This pro-America initiative is a good combination of paying tribute to our veterans, protecting taxpayers and supporting American jobs.”
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