Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“In just the last two weeks, we’ve recognized Memorial Day and the 72nd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion,” Senator Bucco said. “The number of lives lost on the beaches of Normandy alone is almost unfathomable, and those are just a small slice of all the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history. Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”
Honoring the sacrifices of our military every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our heroes. https://t.co/pvGwMNNogX
— Sen. Anthony Bucco (@tonybucco) June 9, 2016
Those killed in action have given so much for us, and we should never forget the sacrifice they made to our country https://t.co/pcD9Ynu8nx
— Sen. Joe Pennacchio (@joepennacchio) June 9, 2016
The legislation, S-1497, designates the K.I.A. flag as an official state flag, and mandates that it be displayed alongside the New Jersey State Flag at the State House in Trenton, as well as the principal government building in every municipality and county seat in the state. The K.I.A. flag shows the silhouette of a helmet resting on top of an upright rifle next to a service member on a red field.
“Those who served and died in action have given so much for us, and we should never forget the sacrifice they made to our country,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Every time someone looks up and sees the K.I.A. flag next to the state flag, they will think about everything those men and women have done for us.”