Several lawmakers plan to induce President Joe Biden on Friday to revive a flag honoring lacking battle veterans to the White House, in line with a replica of a letter seen by Reuters, after former President Donald Trump angered some veterans by shifting it.
The POW-MIA flag, which is devoted to prisoners of battle and repair members lacking in motion, was relocated final 12 months from a outstanding place atop the White House to a much less seen spot on the South Lawn.
The transfer got here months after Trump signed into regulation a invoice requiring the flag to be flown at sure federal properties together with the White House day by day.
“We ask that you take swift action to restore the flag to its place of honor atop the White House, thereby prominently recognizing the service and sacrifices of American prisoners of war, missing service members, and their families,” wrote Democratic Senators Maggie Hassan and Elizabeth Warren and Republican Tom Cotton, who co-sponsored the laws.
“This issue is critically important to veterans and other Americans who care deeply about the POW/MIA flag as a sign that we will never forget about the thousands of American service members who are still far from home against their will,” the senators stated, in a letter they plan to ship on Friday.
The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Biden, who took workplace on Wednesday, has usually extolled his deceased son Beau’s navy service in Iraq.
The black and white POW-MIA flag, which reads: “You are not forgotten,” depicts a person beneath a guard tower gazing down at a barbed-wire fence. About 82,000 US servicemembers are nonetheless lacking from conflicts relationship again to World War Two.
US regulation requires the flag to be displayed in a “manner designed to ensure visibility to the public.” In its present place, it may be considered from restricted vantage factors outdoors the White House advanced. The Trump White House declined to clarify why the flag was relocated however stated final 12 months it was finished in a non-public ceremony with full navy honors.
Hassan and Warren beforehand described the transfer as disrespectful and probably unlawful, whereas some veterans teams criticized it, together with The American Ex-Prisoners of War, which described it as a “slap in the face.”
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