COLUMBIA — SC Senate District 14 Sen. Harvey Peeler says he plans to honor America’s veterans by introducing legislation that, if passed, will require the State of South Carolina to purchase American flags made in America.
In a statement announcing his plans, Peeler stated that this Wednesday is Nov. 11, Veterans Days, a day designated by Congress to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
“I, too, want to take this opportunity,” Peeler said. “to thank our veterans for their service and to honor our country.”
Peeler said that he will introduce the All American Flag Act which requires the State of South Carolina to purchase flags made in the United States. The legislation includes the purchase of both the United States flag and the South Carolina State flag. The flags shall be manufactured in the United States from articles, materials and supplies entirely grown, produced and manufactured in the United States.
In announcing his plans, Peeler pointed out that in 2014, approximately 94 percent of American flags were made in China.
“I am disturbed that we are using products produced in other countries to show our patriotism and honor our veterans,” Peeler said..
In June 2015, Florida joined several other States in enacting a similar law. Since 2014, the United States Department of Defense requires all flags purchased by the US military to be wholly sourced from the United States.
This story was submitted by the office of State Sen. Harvey Peeler.