A lot of Americans are flying the stars and stripes this Fourth of July.
But one Florida company is making flags that will not fly along with fireworks.
These flags will lay in honor of those who served this country and have since passed.
“July fourth is important because many times people come to us looking for their own independence and an opportunity for hope and jobs. And that’s what we do here,” said Lourdes de la Mata-Little, Goodwill’s VP of Marketing Development.
Many things go into making your Fourth of July holiday special.
Sunshine, barbecues, beaches, fireworks, and of course the good ole’ stars and stripes.
But these American flags are made with their own special glory.
“I think that a lot of people that work here have a lot of pride, not only to work for Goodwill Industries but more importantly because they’re working on the flag, which again is a great symbol of our freedom and independence which again is something that they’re working on personally,” said de la Mata-Little.
The Goodwill Flag Center located at Northwest 21st Street and 22nd Avenue creates about 600 flags a day for the U.S Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Each flag is made with nearly 100-year-old embroidery machines, by over 900 Goodwill employees with disabilities.
And if you ask these employees, they tell you just how much pride they take in their work.
Each flag is made with extreme attention to detail.
Everyone of the 13 stripes must be exactly 4 and a half inches wide, and all of the 50 embroidered stars, exactly 3.3 inches in diameter.
And when placed on a table, the flag must lie flat with no pleats or any loose threads protruding.
“They’re very important flags, these are the internment flags, you can tell by the fabric, they’re cotton. These are the ones that folded up into triangles and then presented to the families of the veterans who passed away. So it is a very special flag,” said de la Mata-Little.
Due to the quality of work being put out by the Goodwill Flag Center and its employees, the center is planning on hiring an additional 125 employees with disabilities to work on producing military uniforms.
Goodwill South Florida has been manufacturing flags since 1993, particularly the internment flag for the U.S. Government.
The flags can be bought online.
Depending on the flag, they cost between $24 to $45.
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