WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Sen. Greg Ball, R, C, I–Patterson, and Assemblyman David Buchwald, D–White Plains, have announced that the state legislature has passed a bill that Buchwald authored and Ball championed that would require local governments to display the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action flag when it is provided to the municipality by a local veterans organization.
The legislation will now be sent to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval.
“It was an honor to be part of the passing of such a meaningful piece of legislation. We must never forget those who have sacrificed so much. This nation must always show resolve in recognizing and honoring our beloved POW/MIA heroes. It is critically important that all of those who have served our country are recognized for their sacrifice, and that is especially true for this special class of heroes,” said Ball.
“The POW/MIA flag is a symbol of respect and honor, as well as a reminder of the enormous sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country,” Buchwald said. “Displaying this flag is an important way to carry on the tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans and military families.”
The POW/MIA flag was developed by the National League of Families to remind all citizens about the U.S. military personnel who were taken as prisoners or listed as missing in action.
The flag was officially recognized by Congress in 1998 and was authorized to fly each year on several national observances, including Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Congress also designated the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
The bill passed requires local municipalities to display the flag on these six days as well.