POW-MIA flag bill passes Pennsylvania Senate, moves to House

'We must never forget those we've lost in combat'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill regarding the POW-MIA flag being flown in Pennsylvania is one step closer to becoming state law.

The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved the bill, which would require the POW-MIA flag be flown whenever the United States and state flags are flown on state grounds and buildings.

"We must never forget those we’ve lost in combat, or the men and women who never came home, either because they have sacrificed their lives or are held against their will," said Berks County state Sen. Judy Schwank, who introduced the bill in June. "This legislation will ensure we keep our promise to remember."

The legislation, which now moves to the state House for consideration, would not impose the requirement on local governments or school districts.

The black-and-white POW-MIA flag depicts the silhouette of a soldier with his head bowed. Behind the soldier are the images of a watchtower, a strand of barbwire and the words "POW," "MIA" and "You are not forgotten."

Congress designated the flag in 1990 as "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."

In the last 100 years, more than 1,100 Pennsylvania families have lost loved ones whose bodies have no known resting spot where their service and sacrifice can be marked and remembered, Schwank said. 

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