Now that the commitment to never forget our missing in action and prisoners of war has been made outside our nation’s most prominent building, it must be matched inside, as well, by our lawmakers.
Contact: Miles Migliara
National Communications Manager
AMVETS (American Veterans)
AMVETS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – AMVETS praises Congress and the President for passing and signing into law Thursday the POW/MIA Flag Act. This important new law requires the display of the POW/MIA flag outside of high-profile Federal buildings and National war memorials throughout the year.
AMVETS is hopeful that this will serve as encouragement for members of Congress to properly display the flag outside their offices, as is protocol.
“It was not that long ago that the iconic black and white flag that means so much to so many was a fixture up and down every hallway of Capitol Hill,” said AMVETS National Commander Jan Brown. “That was not the case this past summer, when AMVETS leaders went from office to office, talking to members of Congress and their staff, asking them to once again properly display the POW/MIA flag outside their offices.”
The bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Thursday, after passing the House and Senate without objection earlier this year. Prior to the Bill’s passage, flying the POW/MIA flag had only been required on six days each year: Armed Forces Day in May, Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, Independence Day in July, National POW/MIA Recognition Day in September, and Veterans Day in November.
“While we appreciate the sentiments during those times of the year, it is too easy to forget our nation’s missing heroes, and the pain some families experience throughout the rest of the year,” said Brown.
In September of this year, AMVETS mentioned during the announcement of their pro-veterans demonstration motorcycle ride, Rolling To Remember, that the organization will publish an up-to-date list of lawmakers who are not properly displaying the POW/MIA flag outside their offices on Capitol Hill. The list, which shows a third of federal lawmakers still not displaying the flag in the halls of Congress, will be released to the public on Veterans Day at www.rollingtoremember.com.
“It now appears Congress and by extension those they represent, is forgetting,” said AMVETS National Executive Director Joe Chenelly. “We cannot stand for that, particularly at a time when troops are still fighting and dying in foreign lands as we stand here today. On Veterans Day, we will have a full, accurate list online of which lawmakers do not have the POW/MIA flag displayed outside their Capitol Hill offices.
“By passing the POW/MIA Flag Act, we have ensured the missing in action and prisoners of war are not forgotten outside of Federal buildings and National War monuments,” Chenelly said. “Now it is time for Congress to match that commitment in their hallways.”
“The new law will ensure the flag stands as a reminder of the continued sacrifice of military families who await accountability and closure for the 82,000 service members still missing,” said Brown. “Thanking veterans and their families for the freedoms we enjoy means honoring them every day of the year.”
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