DC-NHA Co-Sponsors Press Conference to Honor Vets and Farmers

Industrial Hemp Can Bring Jobs for
U.S. Veterans and Family Farmers

Industrial Hemp Groups Celebrate Veterans Day: Kentucky Hemp Flag To Fly Over U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC, November 11, 2015 – An American flag made of industrial hemp grown in Kentucky by United States veterans will be flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC for the first time on Veterans Day (November 11, 2015). The Hemp American flag celebrates this versatile crop cultivated by our founding fathers and calls attention to how hemp can provide a significant source of jobs for veterans and rural farming families.

Industrial hemp industry groups and leaders will host a Hemp for Vets press conference on Wednesday, November 11, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. Participants include Mike Lewis, Director of Growing Warriors; Joe Schroeder, CEO of Freedom Seed and Feed;James Woosley, former CIA Director and Under Secretary of the Navy; Commissioner James Comer of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; veteran farmers and members of Congress.

“Hemp was a crop that built our nation,” said U.S. veteran and Kentucky hemp farmer Mike Lewis, Director of the Growing Warriors Project, the first federally authorized hemp farm in America farmed by disabled veterans. “Betsy Ross’ first American flag was made of hemp. We have flags made in China now. That’s almost sacrilegious,” said Lewis, who grew the Kentucky industrial hemp used to make the Hemp American Flag. Lewis served in the “Commander in Chiefs Guard” of the 3rd U.S. Infantry from 1992 to 1995.

“Growing Warriors is about strengthening the family farm and rural economies,” added Lewis. “More than half of our military comes from rural farming communities. After serving our country veterans return home to find their town centers vacant and in disrepair. The land they defended can no longer provide for their families.  The Homegrown Flag project and the flag itself represents our nation’s individual strengths, unity, diversity, ingenuity, and resilience. People working together to make something meaningful that will last, this is how the first farmer-veterans forged and tamed this brave new land. This is how we must move forward: by putting our veterans and our farmers in the lead. We are bringing back the past to move us all forward.”

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