PA Blocks Flag Company from Selling Flags for Memorial Day

Remember these tyrannical actions by mini-dictators in your state governments and vote them out … if they are not hung first.

Source: The Western Journal

A flag company in Pennsylvania will not be able to sell flags for Memorial Day observances because of the governor’s shutdown of all non-life-sustaining businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

FlagZone LLC near Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, had asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for special permission to ship American-made flags for veterans’ graves in nearby Berks County and nationwide for Memorial Day.

Flagzone LLC was one of the many non-life-sustaining businesses that Wolf ordered to close on March 19 in response to the coronavirus.

“We want to be able to honor veterans as we do every year and as we’ve done across Pennsylvania and the nation,”

Daniel Ziegler
President – FlagZone LLC

The state provided its answer in a statement from the communications director at the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to the MediaNews Group on Tuesday.

“As the administration’s main priority is protecting the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians, flagmaking operations are thus deemed non-life-sustaining,”

Casey Smith
Communications Director – PA

Ziegler said that his flags could be easily shipped on short notice if he could get a few workers back in the factory, but he’s not hopeful about his appeal.

“We’re trying everything we can to honor the veterans. Perhaps it will happen in June so we can celebrate them July 4. They (the flags) are in our warehouse and we can’t get them free.”

Daniel Ziegler
President – FlagZone LLC

He added that any flags on the market would most likely be made in China and not in America.

Berks County Veterans Affairs administrator Ken Lebron said that he needs about 55,000 flags for Memorial Day ceremonies in over 200 cemeteries.

“Our purchasing department is also working with our solicitor to identify legal obligations to our signed contract with Flag Zone as it pertains to sourcing from another provider. We will not be purchasing American flags made in China.”

Ken Lebron
Berks County Veterans Affairs Administrator

The state also turned down a request from Colebrooke Enterprises, a sewing company that makes flags for FlagZone, to resume flag making as well as continue to make face masks.

“The people are here saying we’re making face masks, why can’t we make flags since we’re here?”

Vincent Naso
President – Colebrooke Enterprises

Wolf has extended stay-at-home orders for counties, including Berks and Montgomery counties, in the “red” zone through June 4.

Pennsylvanians protested Wolf’s actions at the Capitol on April 20 and again on Friday.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May. While many use the day to honor all veterans for their service, Memorial Day actually commemorates those military servicemen and women who died while serving.

PA Blocks Flag Company from Selling Flags for Memorial Day