House approves recognition for women veterans, POWs, MIAs

Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has approved a bill recognizing special days honoring prisoners of war, soldiers missing in action and women veterans.

Senate Bill 236, introduced by Gov. Tony Knowles, designates April 9 as Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day, honoring all former prisoners of war. The bill calls for the governor to issue a proclamation to commemorate the day and for the POW/Missing in Action flag to be flown at sites identified by the governor.

The bill also establishes Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day on the third Friday of September each year. The day is to honor all prisoners of war who died in captivity and Americans reported missing in action.

The bill calls for Alaskans to remember the country's responsibility to account for those still missing.

The bill also establishes Women Veterans Day on Nov. 9 of each year. The day is to acknowledge sacrifices endured and valor displayed by American women veterans and to recognize their increasing role in the military.

The House approved the bill 39-0. The state Senate approved the bill last month. The bill now moves to the governor for his consideration.

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