State Sen.: Fly only American-made flags over veterans' graves
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -
State Sen. Roger Kahn wants to make it a state law that only American-made flags and flag-holders fly over veterans' graves in Michigan.
It's not the first time he's waved Old Glory in Lansing.
Flag displays are visible everywhere that veterans are laid to rest as a way for family and friends to honor loved ones who served in the U.S. military. Now Kahn wants to make it a law that only flags and flag holders made in America be flown over vets graves in municipal cemeteries.
It took a bit of searching at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Bay City, but TV5 did find one little flag that said "Made in China" on it. And under Kahn's proposed law, that flag wouldn't be allowed to fly in the cemetery.
But there is a caveat to the proposal. If flags made in the U.S. aren't competitively priced and of comparable quality, then the flags made overseas can be purchased for those displays. If that's the case, the municipality must state that fact on its web page and where the items were purchased.
Not surprisingly, everyone we talked with is for the proposal...
"I think it's a great idea," said one guy TV5 spoke with Monday. "Everything should be made in the USA that's bought in the USA."
But they also agreed sometimes it's hard to find flags and flag holders that are made in this country.
"[It's] very tough to find stuff made in the USA, a lot of stuff is from China and other countries," said another man.
Kahn played a big part in pushing a bill last year that would start the school day in Michigan with the pledge of allegiance to the American flag, now he hopes those flags flying over veterans graves will be made in the country they served.
Also last year Kahn sponsored another flag bill that required all American flags flying over state-run buildings to be made in the USA. WNEM.com wants to know what you think -- should American flags placed on veteran's graves be made only in America?
Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Do you think only flags made in America should be flown over the graves of our veterans?
Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:
Sunday, April 20 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:01:18 GMT
Authorities are investigating a deadly plane crash. Officials tell TV 5 a small plane went down Saturday afternoon in a field in Shiawassee County. Two people are confirmed dead. Officials are still onMore >
Airplane crashed onto Mid-Michigan field Saturday.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:15:00 GMT
Michigan State Police Troopers of the Tri City Post are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash. The crash occurred at 3:55 p.m. on April 18. The motorcycle was traveling at a high speed when the driverMore >
Michigan State Police Troopers of the Tri City Post are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:06:58 GMT
Cell phone video captured a fight between two girls in front of Bay City Central High School Thursday. "She turned and punched me in my forehead, so then we just got in a big fighting session," claimedMore >
Cell phone video captured a fight between two girls in front of Bay City Central High School on Thursday.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:00:16 GMT
A local business manager was stunned to see her most recent water bill to the tune of $18,000. Kim Haken runs the "Columbus Laundromat" in Bay City. When she called the city to ask about the problem,More >
A local business manager was stunned to see her most recent water bill to the tune of $18,000.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:35:21 GMT
AT&T has announced it's hiring right here in Mid-Michigan. It's the latest positive development for downtown Saginaw in recent weeks. Saginaw resident Linton Patrick was excited about the possibilityMore >
AT&T has announced it's hiring right here in Mid-Michigan.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:12:08 GMT
Flames ripped through a local home late last night and investigators believe it was no accident. It happened late last night on the corner of North Granger and Madison in Saginaw. Firefighters brokeMore >
Flames ripped through a local home late last night and investigators believe it was no accident.More >