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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 4, 2021 02:50 PM
From: Senator Devlin J. Robinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: PA Veterans' Grave Decorations
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that would amend the Second–Class County Code in order to ensure proper upkeep of the graves of Pennsylvania veterans. Under current law, counties are required to place a U.S. flag on the graves of all honorably discharged veterans.

This legislation would enhance the current law by requiring cemeteries to remove these flags when they become worn after Veterans Day and Independence Day as part of the normal course of maintenance and also allows for a family member to remove and keep the flag. Additionally, the legislation requires that the flags be American made.

Similar provisions were enacted in past sessions for a First-Class County and 3rd through 8th Class Counties. This proposal simply makes these provisions applicable in every county and ensures greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans’ organizations and county commissioners currently required to provide the flags.

The placement of U.S. flags at the burial site of our servicemen and women is an important way to honor those who have served our Commonwealth and nation. This legislation ensures that they are appropriately honored and improves this act of remembrance.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Weitzel in my office at 717-787-5839.

Introduced as SB550