Hey flag lovers. By now you’ve probably heard that the Confederate flag is in the news and that most if not all the major manufacturers have stopped making the “Confederate Battle Flag” and Field Artillery.
The above flags have been discontinued by most manufacturers. The flags are not illegal nor banned, just “persona non grata”.
The other Confederate flags such as the 1st Confederate (Stars and Bars), 2nd Confederate, 3rd Confederate and the Bonnie Blue will continue to be made and sold.
In response to Annin’s decision to cease manufacturing and selling the Confederate Battle Flag our Customer Service Department received a great many questions from our retail partners concerning the availability of other Civil War Era Historical flags. To clarify, Annin Flagmakers will continue to manufacture and offer for sale all of the Civil War Era flags except for the Confederate Battle and Confederate Field Artillery flags.
Due to the current situation in the American Flag Industry we do not have American Made Confederate flags at this time. We are hopeful that we will be able to provide these flags again in the American Made quality and that we find other manufacturers. Please check with us over the next days and weeks to see what transpires.
Here is a letter we received from the National Independent Flag Dealers Association.
NIFDA June 26
At a time of year when our industry should be focused on positive, patriotic messaging and “feel good” PR opportunities, we were completely caught off guard this week when the public and media turned their attention to another red, white, and blue banner – the Confederate Battle flag. Local and national media seized the opportunity to put this controversial, yet historical symbol on trial. Before the flag industry had a chance to deliberate, confer, or respond, the court of public opinion had already reached a verdict and large, national retailers announced that they would no longer sell Confederate Battle flags and merchandise. We were forced to respond quickly and decisively. For many of us, the bottom line will not really be affected. For others, long-time customer relationships and company reputations are at stake, not because the Confederate Battle flag was a big seller, but because our customers feel that their freedom to fly this flag or any flag has been threatened. The result of that opinion may seriously affect future business.
As we go into the last week of our busiest season of the year, we remind you that it is times like these that define us as an industry. The symbols we produce and sell have historical significance yet impact lives today. We have been tested before by war, tragedy, terrorism, and change. We encourage all of our members to reach out to each other for support and ideas on how to best handle the challenges we face together as an industry.
On Wednesday June 24th Eder Flag Manufacturing sent the following announcement to it’s flag dealers:
The board of directors of Eder Flag Manufacturing Co. has decided to no longer sell or manufacture the Confederate flag.
Eugene Eder, our company’s former, long-time owner, fought in World War II against the forces of bigotry, hatred and tyranny. Mr. Eder’s primary reason to own and operate Eder Flag after serving in the U.S. Navy was to produce American flags, a symbol of freedom and opportunity.
The recent events in Charleston, S.C. and motivating factors behind those events, coupled with Mr. Eder’s legacy led to our decision to no longer manufacture or sell these types of flags.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in Charleston. Our hope moving forward is that all communities are able to live together in unity so that everyone can experience the freedom and opportunity for which Mr. Eder and so many other veterans fought.
On Wednesday June 24 Annin Flagmakers sent the following notice to it’s flag dealers:
Due to the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, we have decided to cease offering the Confederate Battle and Confederate Field Artillery flags in all sizes and materials. We appreciate the sensitivity of these flags as well as the sales potential. Any open orders containing these items will be deleted from the order.
One of the most prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday it will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate flags in the wake of last week’s attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania-based company came to the decision amid growing controversy over the Confederate flag, which currently flies outside the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.
While some in the state see the flag as a reminder of South Carolina’s proud history of defying federal authority, many others view it as a shameful tribute to a time when owning slaves was legal.
“We hope that this decision will show our support for those affected by the recent events in Charleston and, in some small way, help to foster racial unity and tolerance in our country,” Valley Forge Flag said in a statement.
The 133-year-old company sells millions of flags each year, VandenBosch said, with Confederate flags making up only a tiny slice of that business.
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