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The House Resolution:
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Passed by the
SEC. 1054. DISPLAY OF POW/MIA FLAG.
(a) REQUIRED DISPLAY- The POW/MIA flag shall be displayed at the locations specified in subsection (c) each year on POW/MIA flag display days. Such display shall serve (1) as the symbol of the Nation's concern and commitment to achieving the fullest possible accounting of Americans who, having been prisoners of war or missing in action, still remain unaccounted for, and (2) as the symbol of the Nation's commitment to achieving the fullest possible accounting for Americans who in the future may become prisoners of war, missing in action, or otherwise unaccounted for as a result of hostile action.
(b) DAYS FOR FLAG DISPLAY- (1) For purposes of this section, POW/MIA flag display days are the following:
(A) Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May.
(B) Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.
(C) Flag Day, June 14.
(D) Independence Day, July 4.
(E) National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
(F) Veterans Day, November 11.
(2) In the case of display at United States Postal Service post offices (required by subsection (c)(8)), POW/MIA flag display days in any year include, in addition to the days specified in paragraph (1), the last business day before each such day that itself is not a business day.
(c) LOCATIONS FOR FLAG DISPLAY- The locations for the display of the POW/MIA flag under this section are the following:
(1) The Capitol.
(2) The White House.
(3) The Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
(4) Each national cemetery.
(5) The buildings containing the primary offices of--
(A) the Secretary of State;
(B) the Secretary of Defense;
(C) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and
(D) the Director of the Selective Service System.
(6) Each major military installation, as designated by the Secretary of Defense.
(7) Each Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.
(8) Each United States Postal Service post office.
(d) COORDINATION WITH OTHER DISPLAY REQUIREMENT- Display of the POW/MIA
flag at the Capitol
(e) REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING DISPLAY AT SPECIFIED LOCATIONS- (1) Display of the POW/MIA flag at the buildings specified in paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (7) of subsection (c) shall be on, or on the grounds of, each such building.
(2) Display of that flag pursuant to paragraph (5) of subsection (c) at the buildings containing the primary offices of the officials specified in that paragraph shall be in an area visible to the public.
(3) Display of that flag at United States Postal Service post offices pursuant to paragraph (8) of subsection (c) shall be on the grounds or in the public lobby of each such post office.
(f) POW/MIA FLAG DEFINED- As used in this section, the term `POW/MIA flag' means the National League of Families POW/MIA flag recognized officially and designated by section 2 of Public Law 101-355 (36 U.S.C. 189).
(g) REGULATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION- Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of each department, agency, or other establishment responsible for a location specified in subsection (c) (other than the Capitol) shall prescribe such regulations as necessary to carry out this section.
(h) PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF FLAGS- Within 30 days after the date
of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of General Services shall
procure POW/MIA flags and distribute them as necessary to carry out this
General Services Administration (GSA) Bulletin:
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Public Buildings and Space
To: Heads of
1. What is the purpose of this bulletin? This bulletin notifies Federal
agencies of the implementation guidelines of section 1082, Display of POW/MIA
Flag, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, Pub.
L. 105-85 (H.R. 1119, 111 Stat. 1629), enacted November 18, 1997. This
law replaces section 1084 of Pub. L. 102-190 (36 U.S.C. 189 note).
(a) Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May;
United States Postal Service Notice:
Release No. 43 POSTAL FACILITIES TO FLY POW-MIA FLAGS
POSTAL FACILITIES TO FLY POW-MIA FLAGS
WASHINGTON -- On six designated holidays, U.S. Postal Service facilities will fly the POW-MIA flag in remembrance of those captured and missing in military actions.
On November 18, 1997 President Clinton signed into law the Defense Authorization Bill. As part of this legislation the U.S. Postal Service, plus other selected government agencies, are now required to fly the POW/MIA flag on six designated days each year. These days are:
Day, the third Saturday in May;
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