On Friday’s (September 20) National POW/MIA Recognition Day, District 22 Rep. Anthony Brindisi released the following statement:
“Today is the day we recognize those who risked their lives and sacrificed their freedoms to protect ours. American prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action cannot be forgotten.
At every hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, we leave an empty chair draped with the POW/MIA flag, as a constant reminder of their bravery and sacrifice. Today serves as a solemn reminder that our freedoms are not free and some of our brave men and women in our armed services do not make it home.
As Americans, we owe a debt of gratitude to all our Veterans. We owe it to those who were captured or never made it home to never forget their service and sacrifice.”
Brindisi is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Full Military Honors Act of 2019 which would allow all former prisoners of war and Medal of Honor recipients to receive a full military honors burial ceremony with an escort, regardless of rank.
Additionally, he supported legislation remembering key figures in American history, including three bills in the House of Representatives that honor past heroes who played important roles in American history.
These include the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act, and the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act.
Each will ensure sure proper respect for important moments in American history.
“Our country has a rich history of heroes, innovators, and leaders and we should celebrate them,” Brindisi said. “These bills will help ensure these legendary American heroes are not forgotten. Whether it is helping America get to the moon, protecting our freedoms, or those who were wounded fighting for us, it is important to honor those who helped America become the greatest country in the world.”
Brindisi recently supported bipartisan legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War Two Merchant Mariners and the four women, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, who were integral to the success of the early space program.
He also voted to direct the Department of Treasury to mint and issue gold, silver, and half-dollar coins to honor the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
Earlier this year, Brindisi honored New York’s Purple Heart recipients at a wreath laying ceremony on National Purple Heart Day.
New York’s 22nd Congressional District was the first district in the nation declared a Purple Heart Congressional District. It’s estimated that there have been 1.8 million Purple Hearts awarded.