OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – American flags purchased with public money would have to be manufactured in the United States with American products, according to legislation filed Tuesday by an Oklahoma state lawmaker.
State Rep. Ken Walker said that the American flag is an important symbol that men have paid the ultimate price for and should come from American soil.
House Bill 2341, named the American Flag Act, would ensure American flags are made by American workers, Walker said.
“As a veteran who fought in Operation Desert Storm, it’s extremely important to me that this symbol for which I fought is made in the good ole U.S. of A.,” said Walker, Tulsa-70 (R). “I think there are a lot of veterans and current service members who feel the same way. I also suspect most Oklahomans would prefer their flag to be homegrown.”
Walker said similar legislation was enacted in Florida. Currently, as more manufacturing jobs go overseas, many products are increasingly created oversees. The idea for the Florida bill stemmed from a high school student, he said.
“Even to a young person, the idea that an American flag might be made overseas seems absurd,” Walker said. “It certainly seems that way to those of us who have served.”