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Made in USA: Pentagon to use only 100% American flags

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - It is the ultimate symbol of chest-thumping American patriotic pride and now the United States flag must be "100 per cent made in the USA" - at least where the Pentagon is concerned.

A new law requires the Department of Defence - a major consumer of flags for everything from ships to bases to burials - fly only flags wholly sourced from home shores.

"My recently signed law makes sure every flag bought by the US Department of Defence is 100 per cent Made in America, with American products," Congressman Mike Thompson, whose district is home to a manufacturer of flags, wrote on his Facebook page.

"Our men in women in uniform should serve under American-made flags like those made at NBI, and our tax dollars should be spent on American-made flags," the Vietnam war veteran said.

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