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POW-MIA Flag Back Atop White House, Reversing Trump Era Decision

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday restored a flag honoring missing war veterans atop the White House after his predecessor angered some veterans by moving it last year to a less prominent location.

The POW-MIA flag, dedicated to prisoners of war and service members missing in action, was relocated by former President Donald Trump in 2020 from a prominent position atop the White House to a spot on the South Lawn.

A group of bipartisan lawmakers had been calling on Biden to return the flag to the top of the White House.

“It is a powerful way to continually remember and pay tribute to the tremendous sacrifice of prisoners of war and missing service members,” Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan said in a statement on Friday.

The black-and-white POW-MIA flag reads, “You are not forgotten,” and depicts a man beneath a guard tower gazing down at a barbed-wire fence. About 82,000 U.S. servicemembers are still listed as missing from conflicts dating back to World War Two.

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“The president and the first lady are proud to be doing this. They moved forward in making sure that the flag went up,” a White House official said.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Steve Holland; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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