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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2018 01:28 PM
From: Senator Judith L. Schwank
To: All Senate members
Subject: POW-MIA flag display on state properties
I will shortly re-introduce SB 822 from the 2017-2017 session to honor American military members listed as missing in action or who endured enemy captivity, by providing for the display of the POW-MIA flag on state government properties.

This familiar flag was initially a response to concerns for prisoners being held after the Vietnam War. Today it calls attention to the fact that the cost of American military service in the last century has been that many tens of thousands of American families lack even the sparse comfort of a cemetery plot to mark their loved ones' faithfulness and sacrifice. In the passage of our daily routines, these absences, deaths and deprivations, along with hundreds of thousands more from the earlier conflicts that established and preserved our country, seldom get even a glancing thought.

My legislation is intended as a simple reminder. It would require that whenever the American and state flags are flown on property owned or under the control of the state, the POW-MIA flag must be flown alongside them when it can reasonably be done. This proposal was passed unanimously in the Senate during the 2017-2018 session.

I hope you will consider joining this effort. Co-sponsors in the last session included Senator Baker, Argall, Folmer, Costa, Yudichak, Brewster, K. Ward, Killion, Hughes and Tartaglione.

Introduced as SB42