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NO. 82. AN ACT RELATING TO FLYING THE FEDERALLY-DESIGNATED POW-MIA FLAG.

(H.624)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. FINDINGS

The general assembly finds that numerous American prisoners of war remain missing and unaccounted for, which has caused considerable emotional and economic hardships for their families, and anguish for those veterans with whom they served. These veterans and families deserve our support as they maintain pressure on the federal authorities to ascertain the fate of those who selflessly served our country when duty called them to military service. Accordingly, this act is intended to symbolize the state of Vermont's solidarity with those veterans and their families.

Sec. 2. 29 V.S.A. § 7 is added to read:

§ 7. POW-MIA FLAG; FLYING ON STATE FLAGPOLES

The state of Vermont shall fly on state-owned flagpoles, where practicable, the National League of Families Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Flag, as designated in 36 U.S.C. § 189, provided the flag is donated.

Sec. 3. 1 V.S.A. § 374 is added to read:

§ 374. POW-MIA RECOGNITION DAY

The third Friday in the month of September is designated as "POW-MIA Recognition Day."

Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage, except Sec. 3 which shall take effect on September 18, 1998.

Approved: April 8, 1998