House Passes Representative Pappas’s Bipartisan National POW/MIA Flag Act

October 22, 2019
Press Release
Legislation to display POW/MIA Flag alongside U.S. flag moves to President Trump's desk

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed Congressman Chris Pappas’s (NH-01) bipartisan legislation to require the POW/MIA Flag be displayed alongside the American flag at certain federal buildings and memorials to honor all POW/MIAs and the more than 81,000 service members who are unaccounted for from conflicts since World War II. Representative Pappas, whose district is home to America’s longest consecutively-held POW/MIA vigil in Meredith, New Hampshire, introduced the House version of the National POW/MIA Flag Act with Representative Jack Bergman (MI-01).

“The POW/MIA Flag is representative of profound courage and sacrifice," said Congressman Pappas. “By proudly displaying this symbol outside of our federal buildings, memorials, and national cemeteries, we are reaffirming our commitment to those service members and their families who have sacrificed beyond measure. I will continue to support policies that provide for the return of the remains of our fallen heroes and to support the Department of Defense with the necessary resources to properly identify those who are returned home. I promise to keep working with my colleagues in a bipartisan fashion to honor our service members, veterans, and military families to ensure no one is forgotten.” 

Companion legislation, which was introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Thune (R-SD), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), passed the Senate with unanimous consent in May. This legislation is now on the way to President Trump's desk to be signed into law.

Click here to watch Congressman Pappas speak about this bill on the House floor ahead of today’s vote.

Background:

Under current law, the POW/MIA Flag is required to be displayed by the federal government on certain prominent federal properties only six days per year: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Veterans Day. The National POW/MIA Flag Act will ensure that the POW/MIA Flag is displayed whenever the U.S. flag is displayed, effectively ensuring that both flags are displayed concurrently everyday at federal locations already designated under existing law.

The bill is endorsed by Rolling Thunder, Inc. National; the National League of POW/MIA Families; Veterans of Foreign Wars; The American Legion; National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen; American Ex-Prisoners of War; and AMVETS. 

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