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House Unanimously Passes Boback Honor and Remember Flag Legislation

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) to officially recognize the Honor and Remember Flag as a symbol of the service and sacrifice of all fallen U.S. Armed Forces personnel since the nation’s founding. 

“A soldier or airman who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation deserves an appropriate emblem to recognize his or her service to America,” said Boback.  “While it seems like the current war is a world away, soldiers from communities across the Commonwealth are fighting for America’s safety and security.  While we have Americans engaged in combat, it is vital for us to always keep them in our thoughts and prayers.  Any time one of our own dies in battle, it is a tragedy, and we must do all we can to honor that sacrifice.”  

House Bill 385 would establish the Honor and Remember Flag as an official Pennsylvania emblem for fallen armed forces personnel and would require the flag to be permanently placed in Soldiers’ Grove near the state Capitol.  The adoption of the Honor and Remember Flag by Pennsylvania will help provide this country with a universally recognized symbol that acknowledges the men and women of our U. S. Armed Forces who never made it home.  

Boback, a longtime veterans advocate and chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee’s Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Facilities, authored the legislation after a member of her own community was presented an Honor and Remember Flag on behalf of his son who died in combat.  In June 2010, Jack Cleary was presented a flag on behalf of his son, 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary, who was killed in December 2005 in Iraq.   

“My heart goes out to any family that has gone through the painful loss of a loved one who died at war,” said Boback.  “I am hopeful that the Honor and Remember Flag will represent Pennsylvania’s gratitude, offer some consolation and healing, and help remind us of the value of each individual life given for our freedom.” 

House Bill 385 will now go before the Senate for its consideration. 

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

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