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How to have an All-American Memorial Day
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
May 25, 2011

On Memorial Day, in addition to remembering American soldiers who gave their lives for their country, many Americans will be firing up their outdoor grills for what has become the traditional start of the grilling season.

But do we know how to make this traditional American holiday a truly all-American one? Itís actually quite easy. All we need to do is simply support American companies that make their products in the USA. After all, American companies and American workers make our military stronger by paying the taxes, which go to providing funding to defend freedom at home and abroad.

American companies pay nearly twice as many taxes to America compared to foreign owned companies, and workers in foreign countries donít pay any taxes to America Ė only American workers do.

So whether youíre staying home for a backyard cookout or traveling this Memorial Day, hereís a checklist of American products and services to patronize that will truly make your Memorial Day an all-American one.

For starters, youíll want to fire up a Weber grill, since Weber is an American company that makes all of their grills in the United States.

American Owned Foreign owned Foreign Nationality
Tyson Foods Chicken Pilgrimís Pride Chicken Brazil
Dasani Bottled Water Dannon Bottled Water French
Ocean Spray Juice Libby's Juicy Juice Swiss
Arizona Iced Tea Lipton Iced Tea Unilever*
Pepperidge Farms Entenmann's Canada
Blue Bell Ice Cream Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Unilever*
Heinz Mustard Frenchís Mustard UK
Wonder Bread Arnold Bread Canada
Hunts Pasta Sauce Contadina Pasta Sauce Swiss
Seven Seas Salad Dressing Wish-Bone Salad Dressing *Unilever

*Unilever is a joint venture between England and The Netherlands.

If youíre traveling this Memorial Day, hereís a list of American-owned services to patronize along the wayÖ

American Owned Foreign owned Foreign Nationality
Super 8 Motels Motel 6 French
Hampton Inn Holiday Inn UK
Chevron Gasoline Citgo Gasoline Venezuela
Racetrac Convenience Stores 7-Eleven Convenience Stores Japan

If your car or truck needs new tires for the trip, why not patronize Goodyear or Cooper, the only two remaining American-owned tire companies? Foreign companies like Michelin/BF Goodrich (French owned), Bridgestone/Firestone (Japanese owned) and Continental (German owned) make tires here too, but they send their profits to their overseas headquarters to reward foreign owners, investors, and stockholders. By supporting American-made products from American-owned companies, we keep jobs, profits and the tax base right here in America.

Letís honor all Americans who served in the military, the ones who returned as well as the ones who didnít, by supporting the companies based in the country they were fighting for Ė the United States of America.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website www.howtobuyamerican.com and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.


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