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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Service and the American Flag

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January 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM PST January 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM PSTth, January 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM PST

The Flag Manufacturers Association of America encourages all Americans to display their American Flags for this National Day of Service


Content provided by FMAA. On January 20, 2020, our country will honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, close to or on his birthday on January 15. Many Americans will spend the day in service to their community. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America hopes that all citizens will also proudly display their American flags to show their support on this important day.


Dr. King, the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, was assassinated in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, although it was not observed until 1986. It was officially observed by all 50 states for the first time in 2000.


Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" Americans answer that question each year by coming together on this holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national day of service. The federal legislation, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of volunteer service. Also often referred to as the MLK Day of Service, this is a perfect time for Americans to answer Dr. King’s challenge to do something for others and make our country a better place to live. Go to www.mlkday.gov for further information and Action Guides for your community.


As we celebrate Dr. King’s 90th birthday, it is a good time to remember a quote from a sermon he delivered in 1968. “You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also a perfect time for Americans to fly their American flag. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) hopes that everyone will show their support by proudly displaying their American flags to show their belief in our country and its potential.


FMAA wants to ensure that the flags we proudly display are true symbols of patriotism by encouraging Americans to look for the FMAA Certification Seal. United States law requires every flag be labeled with its country of origin. Those designated as “Made in USA” may be true to their name, but only those bearing the FMAA Certification seal are guaranteed to adhere to the standards and continued compliance as monitored by a professional association and its domestic members. Look for the FMAA Certification Seal to be sure it is truly an American made flag.


About the FMAA: The Flag Manufacturers Association of America is a nationwide industry group representing member companies composed of proud and dedicated makers of authentic “Made in the USA” American flags. Our manufacturing members remain wholly committed to the US production of our country’s greatest symbol and all it stands for, with utilization of 100% American factories, American employees, and US-sourced raw materials.


For more information on this subject and the FMAA’s continued efforts to support “Made in the USA” labeling for US flag products, visit our web site at https://fmaa-usa.com. You can also follow us on Instagram (www.instagram.com/fmaa_usa/), Twitter (twitter.com/FMAA_USA), and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fmaausa). 


Carrot-Top Industries is a proud member of the FMAA.