Everett Resolution Honors POW/MIA Recognition Day
Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) is shown here with members of American Legion Post 268 in Muncy who were present for the vote on House Resolution 828, designating Sept. 21 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Pennsylvania. Everett presented a POW/MIA flag to the group that flew over the state Capitol.
HARRISBURG – In honor of the more than 83,000 Americans from past wars who are still missing and the 22,000 former prisoners of war who were able to come home, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) authored House Resolution 828 designating POW/MIA Recognition Day in Pennsylvania. The resolution received a unanimous vote today.
“The numbers of POW and MIA personnel in World War II, Korea and Vietnam are staggering, and now, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn and the overall Global War on Terror have created a new generation of American heroes,” said Everett. “It is fitting that we pay tribute to these great Americans who have sacrificed so much for our continuing freedom.”
As a part of the commemoration, a POW/MIA flag donated by Everett flew over the state Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21. He presented that flag to members of American Legion Post 268 in Muncy. The black and white flags are also present in the Soldier’s Grove area of the Capitol grounds flying with flags of all of the service branches.
Present for the House floor vote were guests from American Legion Post 268. The group consisted of Commander Arb Brinser; Chaplain Robert Minier, who led the session opening prayer; Richard Kelley, a retired Army sergeant who served for 30 years with tours in Vietnam, the Cold War and Operation Desert Storm; Thomas Pittenger Jr., who fought in Vietnam and the Cold War with the U.S. Air Force; Gordon L. Pittenger, who served in the Army with tours in Vietnam and the Cold War; Bruce Frymire, an Army veteran of World War II; Robert Lavely, a Marine Corps Special Forces veteran of Vietnam; Chaplain John Thiesenhusen of the Road Knights Motor Club; and Albert Irwin, son of the American Legion.
Everett said the presence of the POW/MIA symbol on flags, hats, shirts and other items seen all over the nation shows how many people from all walks of life care about the cause.
State Representative Garth Everett
84th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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