Davis hails legislation to honor POW/MIA veterans

HARRISBURG, March 28 -- A bill that would ensure that the POW/MIA flag is flown alongside the American flag on state grounds and buildings is moving in the House, announced Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, who first suggested the action more than eight years ago.

“As a state representative, I’ve had the honor of meeting with many veterans and hearing their inspirational stories of bravery and selflessness. It’s what prompted me to suggest this bill several years ago,” Davis said. “As a commonwealth, we can always do more to show support for our troops, especially those who were prisoners of war and those are missing and have yet to make it home.”

Currently, it is optional for the POW/MIA flag to be on display outside state buildings and on state grounds. This bill, H.B. 86, would make the display of the POW/MIA flag mandatory anywhere the American flag is flown, so long as the POW/MIA flag can be reasonably accommodated at the location.

“I’ve been fighting for this bill since 2011, so I’m glad to see it moving through the House,” Davis said, “The honorable men and women who heroically served our country deserve this recognition. It is even more fitting that the legislation is moving right now as we observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day this weekend.”

Davis is participating in the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans’ annual welcome home ceremony on Friday, March 29. 

“Too many of our brave Vietnam veterans didn’t come home. Too many were not welcomed when they did,” Davis said. “It is an honor to join in this celebration to let our veterans know that we remember their sacrifice and importance to our community. And we certainly welcome them home.”

The POW/MIA flag serves as a symbol of remembrance for the 83,000 Americans declared missing from World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. Nearly 2,000 of those reported missing were from the Vietnam War alone, according to the Department of Defense.

The bill may be voted on in the full House in April.