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?
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