President Joe Biden has restored the prisoner of war / missing action flag to its former location atop the White House.
The black and white POW-MIA flag returned on Friday atop the president’s residence, just below the US flag, the national former POW recognition day.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the return was “ in keeping with the pledge of the president and the first lady to honor the sacrifices of all those who serve. ”
Last summer, former President Donald Trump had moved the POW’s flag from its usual spot to a less prominent location in front of a “ sacred monument ” on White House South Lawn. The location on top of the White House can be seen from a much greater distance.
President Joe Biden has restored the prisoner of war / missing flag in action at its former location atop the White House
The black and white POW-MIA flag returned on Friday atop the chief executive’s residence, just below the US flag, which is the national former POW recognition day.
The flag’s return to the White House came after a request from a bipartisan group of senators.
Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, tweeted that he was “ proud ” to see the flag above the White House again as a way to “ honor the sacrifices of our brave soldiers held behind enemy lines, and those who have not yet returned. House.’
Trump’s White House declined to explain why the flag was moved last summer, but said it happened last year at a private ceremony with full military honors.
The move sparked backlash, especially after Trump once famously ridiculed prisoners of war in comments slamming his late nemesis John McCain.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said of McCain in 2015. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who have not been arrested. ‘
Former White House spokesman Judd Deere said last September, “President Trump dedicated a prisoner of war / MIA memorial site on the White House grounds earlier this year to forever commemorate our heroic servants who were prisoners of war or missing.”
Trump’s White House declined to explain why the flag was moved last summer, but said it was done last year in a private ceremony of full military honors.
Trump had moved the POW-MIA flag somewhere on the South Lawn (above), but no photos of the site could be found in the file
“The president chose a site on the southwest corner of the South Lawn for this prominent and sacred monument, visible to all who visit the White House, with the POW / MIA flag,” he added.
But the flag’s movement sparked outrage, especially after a report in Atlantic magazine claiming that Trump called fallen American soldiers “ losers ” and “ suckers ” sparked outrage and controversy.
Trump denied the charge, but the allegations haunted him in the closing days of his reelection campaign, especially in light of his previous public comments about McCain.
“It’s bad enough that President Trump publicly ridicules American heroes such as Senator McCain and others who were captured on the battlefield,” Democratic Senator Jack Reed said last year, demanding that the flag be returned.
“He inexplicably promotes the Confederate flag, but fails to fly the POW / MIA flag,” Reed said.
“It is part of a pattern of contempt by President Trump towards those who have served our nation honorably.”
The black and white POW-MIA flag reads, ‘You have not forgotten’, and shows a man under a watchtower looking down on a barbed wire fence
A group of bipartisan lawmakers had called on Biden to return the flag to the top of the White House.
“It’s a powerful way to constantly remind and pay tribute to the enormous sacrifice of prisoners of war and missing servicemen,” Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan said in a statement Friday.
The black and white POW-MIA flag reads “You have not forgotten,” and shows a man under a watchtower looking down on a barbed wire fence. About 82,000 US servicemen are still listed as missing in conflicts dating back to World War II.
The President and First Lady are proud to do this. They went ahead to make sure the flag went up, ” said a White House official.
Under US law, the flag must be displayed in a “manner designed to ensure visibility to the public.”