The black-and-white POW-MIA flag returned atop the chief govt’s residence, slightly below the American flag, on Friday, which is Nationwide Former POW Recognition Day.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated that the return was ‘consistent with the president and first girl’s dedication to honor the sacrifices of all those that serve.’
Final summer time, former President Donald Trump had moved the POW flag from its customary perch to a much less outstanding location for a ‘sacred memorial’ on the White Home South Garden. The placement atop the White Home might be seen from a a lot higher distance.
President Joe Biden has restored the prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action flag to its former location atop the White Home
The black-and-white POW-MIA flag returned atop the chief govt’s residence, slightly below the American flag, on Friday, which is Nationwide Former POW Recognition Day
The flag’s return to the White Home got here after a request from a bipartisan group of senators.
Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, tweeted that he was ‘proud’ to see the flag above the White Home once more as a approach of honoring ‘the sacrifices of our courageous servicemembers who had been held behind enemy traces, and people who haven’t but returned house.’
The Trump White Home declined to elucidate why the flag was relocated final summer time however stated final 12 months it was achieved in a non-public ceremony with full navy honors.
The transfer drew backlash, notably after Trump as soon as famously ridiculed warfare prisoners in remarks slamming his late nemesis John McCain.
‘He is not a warfare hero,’ Trump stated of McCain in 2015. ‘He was a warfare hero as a result of he was captured. I like individuals who weren’t captured.’
Former White Home spokesman Judd Deere did say final September: ‘President Trump devoted a POW/MIA memorial web site earlier this 12 months on the White Home grounds to ceaselessly bear in mind our heroic service members who had been prisoners of warfare or lacking in motion.’
The Trump White Home declined to elucidate why the flag was relocated final summer time however stated final 12 months it was achieved in a non-public ceremony with full navy honors
Trump had moved the POW-MIA flag someplace on the South Garden (above) however no pictures of the location may very well be discovered on file
‘The President chosen a web site on the Southwest nook of the South Garden for this outstanding and sacred memorial, which is seen to all those that go to the White Home, that options the POW/MIA flag,’ he added.
However the flag’s transfer drew fury, notably after a report within the Atlantic journal alleging that Trump had known as fallen American troopers ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’ sparked outrage and controversy.
Trump denied the allegation, however the claims haunted him within the remaining days of his re-election marketing campaign, notably in mild of his prior public remarks about McCain.
‘It is dangerous sufficient that President Trump publicly ridicules American heroes like Senator McCain and others who had been captured on the battlefield,’ stated Democratic Senator Jack Reed final 12 months, demanding the flag be returned.
‘He inexplicably promotes the Accomplice flag however fails to fly the POW/MIA flag,’ stated Reed.
‘It is a part of a sample of disrespect by President Trump towards those that honorably served our nation.’
The black-and-white POW-MIA flag reads, ‘You aren’t forgotten,’ and depicts a person beneath a guard tower gazing down at a barbed-wire fence
A gaggle of bipartisan lawmakers had been calling on Biden to return the flag to the highest of the White Home.
‘It’s a highly effective solution to regularly bear in mind and pay tribute to the great sacrifice of prisoners of warfare and lacking service members,’ Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan stated in an announcement on Friday.
The black-and-white POW-MIA flag reads, ‘You aren’t forgotten,’ and depicts a person beneath a guard tower gazing down at a barbed-wire fence. About 82,000 U.S. servicemembers are nonetheless listed as lacking from conflicts courting again to World Warfare Two.
‘The president and the primary girl are proud to be doing this. They moved ahead in ensuring that the flag went up,’ a White Home official stated.
U.S. legislation requires the flag to be displayed in a ‘method designed to make sure visibility to the general public.’