Sen. Dorothy Hukill files POW-MIA memorial bill

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A Port Orange state lawmaker is asking the Legislature to create a permanent memorial in the Florida Capitol honoring service members who were prisoners of war or designated missing in action.

Sen. Dorothy Hukill filed SB 608 today establishing the POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial in the state Capitol Complex. 

The Port Orange Republican says the Chair will recognize and honor the sacrifices borne by members of the United States Armed Forces as prisoners of war or those who remain missing in action.

If approved, the memorial will include a memorial plaque installed in the Capitol Complex for permanent display. 

Non-profit Rolling Thunder Inc., a national group that focuses on the plight of American POW-MIAs, will construct, install and maintain the memorial, without the use of state funds.  

“The Chair of Honor will be a reminder to all of the sacrifices the men and women serving in the Armed Forces have made to ensure our continued freedom and way of life,” Hukill said in a statement. 

Companion House bills will be filed by Democratic Rep. Dave Hood.

Rolling Thunder, created in 1995 to communicate and educate about POW-MIAs, has eight Florida chapters among over 90 chapters throughout the United States. 

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