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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 12, 2016 12:42 PM
From: Senator Judith L. Schwank
To: All Senate members
Subject: POW-MIA flag at state facilities
I will shortly introduce legislation to permanently commemorate missing warriors from all our conflicts by requiring state-government facilities to fly the POW-MIA flag.

The familiar POW-MIA flag, initially a response to concerns for the return of service members possibly held in captivity after the end of the Vietnam war, today calls broader attention to the stark reality that just since our entry into World War I, violent, far-flung struggles have left many tens of thousands of American families, including more than 1,100 from Pennsylvania, without even the sparse comfort of a known resting spot to mark and remember a loved one's service and sacrifices. Many thousands more from earlier conflicts dating to the Revolution have never been identified or returned, while still other hundreds of thousands have endured the generally unrecognized and often lethal deprivations of captivity. My legislation would require that wherever it can reasonably be done, the POW-MIA flag is to be flown alongside the American and Pennsylvania state flags when they are flown on property owned or under the control of the state. Similar legislation has been enacted or is being considered in a number of other states.

I hope you will consider joining this effort to help Pennsylvanians recall the overlooked and forgotten sacrifices by these troops and their families.

Introduced as SB1157