Sen. Cotton, Sen. Warren introduce National POW/MIA flag act

Sen. Cotton, Sen. Warren introduce National POW/MIA flag act
(Source: Schmidt, Theresa)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAIT) - An act introduced by a Republican Arkansas senator and Democratic Massachusetts senator would require the POW/MIA Flag to be displayed whenever the American flag is flying at prominent federal properties.

A news release from U.S. Senator Tom Cotton’s office said that Cotton and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the bill to honor the more than 82,000 Americans listed as Prisoners of War, Missing in Action, or those who are unaccounted for from past wards and conflicts.

"They are not forgotten. It is my hope that this small gesture reminds Americans to honor those who left our shores and never returned," Cotton said.

The law currently states the POW/MIA is required to be displayed on prominent federal properties on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Veterans Day.

“All three of my brothers served in the military, and I understand the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make to keep our country safe every single day,” Warren said. "We must honor those who have served our nation courageously, including those who have not made it home.”

New Jersey Republican Representative Leonard Lance introduced the original bill in January 2017 in the U.S. House of Representative.

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