(HARRISBURG) – A plan by Senator Devlin Robinson (R-37) to ensure the proper upkeep of the graves of Pennsylvania veterans was unanimously approved today by the state Senate.
“We have been given a lifelong ticket to the American way of life because of soldiers who have come before us paid for it with their blood, sweat and tears – and often, their limbs and their lives,” Senator Robinson said. “The flags placed on the graves of our veterans are an important way to honor those who have served our Commonwealth and nation, and this legislation improves this act of remembrance.”
Under current law, counties are required to place a U.S. flag on the graves of all honorably discharged veterans. Robinson’s bill enhances that by requiring cemeteries to remove these flags when they become worn after Veterans Day and Independence Day as part of the normal course of maintenance and also allows for a family member to remove and keep the flag.
“This Senate action today ensures greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans’ organizations and county commissioners currently required to provide the flags,” Senator Robinson said.
Senator Robinson’s bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Contact: Elizabeth Weitzel