National Immediate Release

By Kim on 3/22/2016

For Immediate Release:  Contact:    Elizabeth Zappala

 March 21, 2016                              (202) 226-1918

 Congressman Lynch’s POW/MIA Remembrance Act Passes House

 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-
 Boston)’s legislation H.R. 1670, the National POW/MIA
 Remembrance Act of 2015 , passed unanimously on the floor of the
 United States House of Representatives.  H.R. 1670 honors
 American Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) by placing
 a chair on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.  H.R. 1670 has
 bipartisan support from 45 House cosponsors.

 Commemorative chairs, which carry the POW and MIA insignia, have
 been placed in cities and towns around the country, in spaces
 ranging from city halls to professional sports stadiums.  These
seats remain perpetually unoccupied as a solemn reminder of the
 over 83,000 brave service members still waiting to be brought

 “I am very pleased to work alongside my colleagues to pay
 respect to the men and women who are Missing in Action or
 Prisoners of War.  These brave Americans serve our nation with
 valor and honor.  This commemorative chair will serve as a daily
 reminder to our POW/MIA and their families that we will never
 forget them,” said Congressman Lynch .  “With the help of
 Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1, the Commonwealth has
 led the way in honoring our Prisoners of War and Missing in
 Action.  I am proud that the United States Capitol will follow suit.”

 Joe D’Entremont of Jamaica Plain, the former President of the
 Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1, first brought this
 initiative to the attention of Congressman Lynch in 2014. 
 D’Entremont and Gus Dante, both members of the Rolling Thunder,
 Inc. National Board, have worked hard to promote government
 accountability for American prisoners of war and missing in
 action and their families.  They have also been national leaders
 in advocating for POW/MIA chairs in venues across the country.
 “I would like to thank Congressman Lynch for his hard work on
 this issue.  A POW/MIA chair that will remain perpetually empty
 to help people remember that even though our soldiers are not
 here, there is still a space for them.  That’s why displaying in
 the Capitol will remind the families of the missing and the
 public that our government has not forgotten those that did not
 come home,” said Gus Dante , member of the Rolling Thunder, Inc. National Board.

 A companion bill, S. 885, the National POW/MIA Remembrance Act
 of 2015 , has been introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-
 MA).  The Senate companion bill has bipartisan support from 17 cosponsors.

 Elizabeth Zappala | Press Secretary

 Office of Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08)