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02-25-1997v u VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NM 88004 Minutes 25 February 1997 The board convened at 13:15 in the Board Room oof the library. Roll call was taken. Present were Chairman Joseph C. Heintz, AMVEfS representative Noel Cooley, VFW rep Robert Wiley. DAV rep Warren Rogers was in hospital, WA rep Elsa Baker was out of town at a meeting, American Legion rep J J Dewey was driving VA van to Albuquerque. A quorum was present. Action is being taken at the legislative session to have money approatiated to help fund the Las Cruces Veterans Memorial Park Representatives J. Andy IGssner and Benjamin B Rios sponsored the legislation. Veterans organizations are asked to write to them thanking them for their support. J. "Andy" IGssner Benjamin B. Rios 3245 E. University Ave 233 S San Pedro St. Las Cruces, NM 88011 Las Cruces, NM 88001 Received a copy of a resolution from the City of Lomita, CA urging their City Council to have U S Postal Regulations changed to authorize the flying of the POW /MIA flag at local post offices. Copy of correspondence enclosed. Motion was made and passed by the board that the City Council make a motion similar to that of Lomita and that the Mayor of Las Cruces sponsor such action. It was also moved and passed that the POW /MIA flag be flown over Veterans Memorial Park upon its completion. Meeting adjourned at 1316. encl i Jos C eintz Acting Secretary U J �119IR7 It \1-4 1-'-A.L443 1� Oar► ��Aw- �d W�►�W V�4- w• r� Ae CITY COUNCIL DAVID ALBERT MARGARET ESTRADA ROBERT T. HARGRAVE LAWSON PEDIGO BEN TRAINA February 5, 1997 Dear Mayor: Of L VMUM=~ CITY OF LOMITA We need your support on an issue which we feel very strongly about. ADMINISTRATION KEENE N. WILSON CITY ADM94ZMtATOR DAWN TOMrrA crrr ccERX We are in the process of building a new Veterans Memorial at our Lomita Post Office. We will have a total of 75 men listed from Lomita that have given their lives for our country. The bodies of several of these men were never recovered or sent home and their exact whereabouts are unknown. When I approached the post office in regards to fl the POW/MIA flag over the Veterans emorial I was informe , much to my surprise, t t It is against Post O ce po icy to y any flags other than the United States flag and the Postal Service flag. The City of Lomita is only 1.89 square miles in area. In World War I, while there were only 16 families living in our town, we lost men. In World War II, we lost 43 more men - that was more men than were in the ei'tire 1942 high school graduation class. When_ the Korea and Viet Nam conflicts asked for more support, we again gave our support and again, we lost another 30 brave young men. All we are asking for is the right to fly the POW/MIA flag below t e American flag at our post office where the memorial is located. On February 3, 1997, the Lomita City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging I m A, ', 't5 ,�- cities to fly the nationally recognized POW/MIA flag at all city facilities and a resolution urging local post office branches to ............ also -fly -the e A flag. We are asking that the current Federal regulation be modified to allow local post offices to display this flag at the discretion of each local post office. We respectfully request that your city take a similar position to honor the veterans who have lost their lives. We are sure that many of the families still live in your town and what better way to show your appreciation and gratitude than to honor their sons, brothers and husbands for the sacrifice they made for our great country. Sincerely, DAVID ALBERT COLTNCILMEM 3ER cc: City Administrator CITY HALL OFFICES • 24300 NARBONNE AVENUE, LOMITA, CALIFORNIA 90717 • (310) 325 -7110 s RESOLUTION NO. 97 -7 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LOMITA, CALIFORNIA, URGING CITIES TO FLY THE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED POW /MIA FLAG AT ALL CITY FACILITIES WHEREAS, Postal Regulation 47 of the Administrative Support Manual provides that the only flags authorized to be flown at post offices are the United States flag and the Postal Service flag; and WHEREAS, there is still over ten thousand veterans listed as prisoners of war and/or missing in action; and WHEREAS, the City of Lomita is committed to showing our respect and gratitude to those Americans who are prisoners of war or who are classified as missing in action; and WHEREAS, in keeping faith with these Americans and their families, we continue to remember and commemorate their sacrifices; and WHEREAS, the POW /MIA flag has been nationally recognized; and WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Lomita has introduced for passage an Ordinance recognizing the POW /MIA flag as an official flag to be flown at City Hall and city owned facilities; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LOMITA AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. That all cities are urged to follow the example of the City of Lomita and fly the nationally recognized POW /MIA flag at all facilities owned by the City; and SECTION 2. That the City Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Resolution to other cities and to other concerned organizations, officials and individuals. PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 3rd day of February if 1997. ATTEST: CITY CLERK M1 RESOLUTION NO. 97 -8 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LOMITA, CALIFORNIA, URGING LOCAL POST OFFICE BRANCHES TO FLY THE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED POW /MIA FLAG WHEREAS, Postal Regulation 47 of the Administrative Support Manual provides that the only flags authorized to be flown at post offices are the United States flag and the Postal Service flag; and WHEREAS, there is still over ten thousand American veterans listed as prisoners of war and /or missing in action; and WHEREAS, the City of Lomita'is committed to showing our respect and gratitude to those Americans who are prisoners of war or who are classified as missing in action; and WHEREAS, in keeping faith with these Americans and their families, we continue to remember and commemorate their sacrifices; and and WHEREAS, the POW /MIA flag has been nationally recognized; WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Lomita has introduced for passage an Ordinance recognizing the POW /MIA flag as an official flag to be flown at City Hall and city owned facilities; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LOMITA AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. That the current regulation which allows only the United States flag and the Postal Service flag to be displayed be modified to allow local post offices to display at the discretion of each local post office, the nationally recognized POW /MIA flag; and SECTION 2. That the City Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Resolution to Marvin Runyon, Post Master General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 10653, Washington, DC 20260 and to the President of the United States of America, William Clinton, White House, Washington, DC 20500 and to other cities and other concerned organizations, officials and individuals. PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 3rd day of February , 1997. MAYOR ATTEST: CITY CLERK