In recent years, The American Legion has been asking Congress to consider legislation that would "prohibit the importation of foreign-made flags of the United States," as stated in Resolution 273, passed during the Legion’s 2012 national convention in Indianapolis. Last Friday, those requests were answered.
Legislation drafted by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and now signed into law as part of the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, requires the DoD to purchase flags that are "100 percent made in America." DoD purchases U.S. flags for display at the Pentagon, military bases and ships, and for burials of military personnel killed in action.
Resolution 273 also "encourages its membership, the general public, and all local, state and federal government agencies to purchase and display only American-manufactured flags of the United States." The American Legion is a proud supplier of American-made U.S. flags through its Emblem Sales website, selling more than 1 million every year. Flag purchases from Emblem Sales directly support Legion programs that help America’s children, veterans and military families, as well as such programs as Operation Comfort Warriors, Child Welfare Foundation and Temporary Financial Assistance.