Manufacturers & Our Troops & Veterans, v. 3: Veteran’s Day Without a Flag Is Like Thanksgiving Without a Turkey

By November 11, 2005General

Veteran's DayNAM-member Annin & Co. is the oldest and largest manufacturer of flags in the United States. The company started from a sail loft in downtown New York City making signal flags for sailing ships in the 1820’s.

The company has grown since then into four major manufacturing locations with a worldwide distribution and is still owned and operated by descendents of the Annin family. Today, Annin manufactures over 10,000 different flags and flag accessories and is the official flag manufacturer to the United Nations.

Annin flags have been flown not just during Veteran’s Day but other occasions and momentous events as well. By the very nature of its principal product, the American Flag, Annin has been closely identified with United States history over the past 150 years. For example, when Zachary Taylor was sworn in as President in 1849, a flag made by Annin waved nearby. This tradition has continued at every inauguration since.

Additionally, their flags have been part of various expedition missions like Richard E. Byrd’s flights over the North and South Poles, the National Geographic Society’s expedition to the top of Mount Everest, and the Apollo moon missions.

This Veterans Day, National Association of Manufacturers would like to thank all those who served our country in time of war and peace.