HARRISBURG – The House today passed legislation authored by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) that would require the POW/MIA flag to be flown on state grounds and buildings when the American flag is also being flown and when the POW/MIA flag can be reasonably accommodated at the location.
Maloney introduced the measure when he was asked to assist by many Berks County war veterans.
“According to the Department of Defense, more than 82,000 Americans remain missing in all of our conflicts since World War II, which includes more than 1,600 from the Vietnam War,” Maloney said. “I share the passion of this issue with the Berks County veterans who approached me with their concerns and so I was more than willing to help. When they see the flag of their missing comrades not being flown, they feel unappreciated and unremembered.”
Maloney’s legislation would retain current provisions of law that allow the governor to authorize the display of the POW/MIA flag on local government grounds and buildings.
In 1990, Congress designated the POW/MIA flag “the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.”
The measure now moves to the Senate for further action.
Representative David Maloney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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