The Capitol will soon have a permanent commemoration to prisoners of war and servicemen and women missing in action.
On Wednesday morning, the House Administration Committee approved a resolution that would direct the Architect of the Capitol to obtain and display a chair in the Capitol building that features the National League of POW/MIA Families logo. "They deserve to be honored, they need to be honored, in the U.S. Capitol," House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said at the markup.
The development marks the end of a more than year-long effort to instill the chair in the Capitol. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass, first introduced the measure in August 2014 after meeting with Joe D’Entremont, president of a Massachusetts Rolling Thunder chapter, which advocates for POW/MIA issues.
On July 30, Lynch wrote a "Dear Colleague" letter urging members to support his bill.
"These brave men and women served our nation with valor and honor," Lynch wrote. "This commemorative chair will serve as a reminder to our POW/MIA and their families that we will never forget them."
At the Wednesday hearing, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., also encouraged the committee to honor the only prisoner of war serving in the House, Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, who was held as a prisoner in Hanoi for nearly seven years during the Vietnam War.
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