February 27, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces bipartisan bill to honor America's POW/MIA soldiers

By Robert Rizzuto

February 27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill this week aimed at honoring the nation's military.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, penned the POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act to honor the approximately 83,000 service members who are either prisoners of war or missing in action by establishing a permanent commemorative chair on the grounds of the United States Capitol.

The bill, if passed, would direct the Architect of the Capitol to place a commemorative chair bearing the logo and colors of POW/MIA service members in a prominent location at the U.S. Capitol. The chair would remain unoccupied to serve as a reminder of the ongoing challenge of accounting for America's missing service members and in recognition of their sacrifices.

"All three of my brothers served in the military, and I understand the sacrifices our service members and their families make to defend our country every single day. We must honor the contributions of our brave men and women in uniform, including those who have not made it home," Warren said in a statement. "I am proud to display the POW/MIA flag outside my office, and I am pleased to support Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1's efforts to establish a commemorative chair on the U.S. Capitol grounds."

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