American Made Flags

May 17, 2024
American Made Flags
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As the Fourth of July approaches and we prepare to celebrate America's birthday, many of us will be looking to display our patriotism by proudly flying the stars and stripes on our home flagpole. But before you add that shiny new American flag to your online shopping cart, there's an important question to consider: was it actually made in the USA?

The sad truth is, the vast majority of American flags sold by major retailers and e-commerce sites are manufactured overseas, mostly in China and other similar locations. This year, I encourage you to go out of your way to seek out and purchase a flag that was made right here in America, by American workers. Why? Because where and how your flag was made matters, and it's important for all of us to support American-made products. Especially American flags! 

When you buy a foreign-made American flag from a big box store or online behemoth, your hard-earned dollars are not supporting American jobs or businesses. Which is something we really need right now. Instead, millions of dollars spent on these imported flags end up benefiting the economies of foreign countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and more, while enriching mega corporations and their shareholders. None of that spend ends up in the hands of hard-working Americans and that's something we aim to change. 

On the flip side, choosing to purchase an American-made American flag is a direct investment in U.S. manufacturing jobs, and keeps your money circulating within our own borders, providing a boost to the national economy while keeping hard working Americans employed. 

What's more, the U.S. flag-making industry is largely comprised of small to medium-sized family businesses, many of which have been operating for generations here in the USA. By opting to buy a flag made by one of these companies, your purchase becomes a way to directly support hardworking American families and help strengthen the economic vitality of local communities across the nation. There's just something so special and meaningful about flying a flag that you know was stitched with pride and craftsmanship by skilled American hands.

Believe it or not, a staggering percentage of American flags sold on Amazon are actually imported from overseas, with the vast majority being made in Chinese factories and sweat shops. Facebook Marketplace and TikTok shops are likewise inundated with posts and ads for cheap, foreign-made U.S. flags that will never compare to the quality and pride you get from purchasing an American-made flag.

In the past year alone, American consumers spent millions on these imported knockoffs through Amazon - money that flowed directly out of the U.S. economy and into the pockets of China and Big Tech corporations. While the allure of a lower price tag is undeniable, the hidden costs to American prosperity can't be ignored.

By making a conscious choice this year to seek out and buy flags made in the USA, we can collectively make a real difference in keeping those consumer dollars within our own borders, supporting American enterprise while boosting national patriotism. It's a small choice with a big impact and we encourage you to take the leap. 

Thankfully, for those who want to fly a truly American-made flag, there are still plenty of fantastic options available - you just need to know where to look. One of the best is Eder Flag, the nation's largest manufacturer of flags and flagpoles.

Founded in 1887 and still family-owned, Eder produces an astonishing five million American flags per year, all from their home base in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Even more remarkable is the fact that many of the skilled workers meticulously stitching these flags are immigrants and refugees, working hard to build a better life here in the United States for themselves and their families.

With every flag purchase from Eder, not only are you supporting an American manufacturing institution, you're also supporting jobs for aspiring new Americans and helping hard-working immigrant families find opportunity and success here in the USA. There's something deeply poetic about the idea of immigrants hand-crafting the very symbol of the American dream.

For flag enthusiasts, it's worth highlighting that there are a few iconic varieties of the American flag that are especially popular with patriotic consumers. The most widely flown is of course the classic 50-star flag that has served as our national banner since 1960.

Featuring thirteen alternating red and white stripes to symbolize the original colonies, and a union of fifty white stars on a field of blue representing the states, this is the definitive symbol of the USA, recognized worldwide. For those who appreciate a vintage aesthetic, the "tea-stained" American flag has become a trendy choice in recent years.

Mimicking the timeworn appearance of a cotton flag from centuries past, this pre-faded version lends a sense of rustic Americana charm to any porch or patio. And if you really want to make a bold statement this Fourth of July, consider flying a massive 15 to 20-foot "garrison" flag - these super-sized stars and stripes are designed to be flown from larger flagpoles, and are sure to fill passersby with a sense of awe and patriotic wonder.

At the end of the day, flying the American flag is one of the most enduring and visible ways that we express our love for and dedication to this incredible country we call home. Through times of triumph and times of adversity, the stars and stripes have been a unifying emblem, woven through the fabric of our shared history. In an era when it often feels like Americans are increasingly divided, our flag serves as a poignant reminder of the values and ideals that bind us together, in spite of our differences.

So this Fourth of July, as you stock up on streamers and sparklers, consider the powerful statement you can make by choosing to purchase and proudly fly a genuine American-made flag. By investing in an American-made flag, you'll be supporting American jobs, providing opportunities for immigrant families working towards the American dream, and helping to build a brighter economic future for the country we all love.

There's simply no better way to celebrate the spirit of America than by supporting the American workers and dreamers who make it great. God bless America!

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