MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Governor Rick Scott visited Brevard County on Monday where he signed into law the “All American Flag Act.” The legislation requires that all flags flown at government buildings in the state of Florida be made in the United States. The signing ceremony was held at Viera High School Governor Scott because teachers and students there were the ones who inspired the bill.
"One of the kids did some research and found out that a lot of the flags that are made overseas are Chinese-made American flags," said Viera High School senior Army instructor Lt. Col. Tim Thomas, retired. "That's almost sacrilegious to us veterans. We want flags made in the U.S.A. with materials that are made in the United States of America."
"It's a huge day for Viera High School, for all of Brevard County, because this was more of a community event than anything," said Matt Susin, a history teacher at the school. "It might have come inside our school and come out of our classroom from a student, but it's a story of a community coming together and that's really what our country was founded on."
The "All American Flag Act" permits citizens or private companies to purchase and display American flags that are not produced in the United States, but for government buildings, the new requirement goes into effect at the beginning of next year.