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BILL REQUIRING POW/MIA FLAG BE ALWAYS FLOWN WITH U.S. FLAG AWAITS TRUMP SIGNATURE

Andrew McKay 10/25/19

If President Trump signs S.693 – The National POW/MIA Flag Act, sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), it would require the White House, the Capitol, and several other Federal locations to fly the POW/MIA Flag below the United States Flag all the time rather than just on certain days.  Current law requires the POW/MIA flag to be displayed only on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Veterans Day.  The Bill passed the Senate on unanimous consent and the House on voice vote consent.

The locations which would be required to display the POW/MIA flag are:
(1)  The Capitol.
(2)  The White House.
(3)  The World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
(4)  Each national cemetery.
(5)  The buildings containing the official office of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs,  and the Director of the Selective Service System.
(6)  Each major military installation, as designated by the Secretary of Defense.
(7)  Each medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(8)  Each United States Postal Service post office.

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Current US Code regarding the POW/MIA Flag:
https://codes.findlaw.com/us/title-36-patriotic-and-national-observances-ceremonies-and-organizations/36-usc-sect-902.html

National POW/MIA Flag Act:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/693?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22National+POW%5C%2FMIA+Act%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=1

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