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(KCEN) -- From now on, all of our military's American flags must be just that -- American.

The requirement that all DOD purchased flags be wholly made in the U.S. was signed into law as part of the 2014 spending bill.

The new rule is getting mixed reviews.

It is one of the most solemn of occasions in U.S. military tradition.

The moment the families of our fallen men and women in uniform receive that sacred American flag.

But until the recent passage of congress's spending bill, many of those Stars and Stripes were made of materials manufactured or grown outside of the United States.

An attached piece of legislation now requires all American flags purchased by the Department of Defense to be 100 percent made in America with American products.

California congressman Mike Thompson wrote the purchasing rules amendment. In a statement, he said:

"I thought it was appalling our Department of Defense would have flags made in other countries, but it's also important because we need to be making more in America."

But when he made the announcement on his Facebook page, the regulation that bans the military from buying less expensive flags -- say, made in China -- got mixed reviews.

Many support it, but others insist the government should save money where it can by going with the cheapest vendor.

Representative Thompson has praised California-based flag manufacturer North Bay Industries. Here on their website, a 5 foot by 9 1/2 foot all-American made flag goes for $68.

According to the non-profit "Flag Manufacturers Association of America," the U.S. imported $3.8 million in foreign-made American flags in 2012. Of those flags, 3.6 million were from China.

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