Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joined fellow delegates from the CNMI and the District of Columbia in support of an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act which would require DoD to display flags from D.C. and the territories at military installations “anywhere in the world.”
At a new conference in Washington in support of the amendment, Congresswoman Bordallo said “Wherever our service members may be, seeing their home flag on display is a point of pride. It’s a reminder of why they’re serving or why they’ve fought, and it’s a morale booster for those whom are far from home.”
READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:
Bordallo Joins Delegates in Supporting Territorial Flags Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today joined her fellow delegates from the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia at a press conference hosted by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. They gathered to support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 that would require the Department of Defense to display flags from D.C. and the territories at military installations anywhere in the world. The amendment was offered by Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and was included in the House-passed FY13 NDAA; however, no similar provision was included in the Senate-passed NDAA.
“I join my colleagues from the territories in supporting this amendment because many young men and women from our districts are patriotic and loyal Americans. Many have played significant roles in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, including 34 of our sons and daughters from Guam who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“Wherever our servicemembers may be, seeing their home flag on display is a point of pride. It’s a reminder of why they’re serving or why they’ve fought, and it’s a morale booster for those whom are far from home. This is one of the provisions that I fought hard for during Conference Committee deliberations. I thank Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for this opportunity to call attention to this issue, and I thank Congressman Sablan for working to correct this statute for our veterans and servicemembers.”
[ Congresswoman Bordallo joins Congresswoman Norton and Congressman Sablan at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to support an amendment to the FY13 NDAA that would require the Department of Defense to display flags from D.C. and the territories at U.S. military installations around the world.]