The House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs recommended full House adoption of a resolution requesting the Veterans Affairs Office to have U.S. and CNMI flags flown every day at the CNMI Veterans Cemetery in Marpi as among lasting tributes to those who risked their lives for the country's honor and freedom.
Of the seven members of the committee chaired by Rep. Trenton Conner (IR-Tinian), only Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro (R-Saipan) didn't sign off on the pre-filed committee report up for action in the next House session.
House Resolution 18-2, authored by Rep. Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero (IR-Saipan) and co-sponsored by seven others, notes that U.S. and CNMI flags are flown at the CNMI Veterans Cemetery in Marpi “only on days of special events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.”
Deleon Guerrero, a veteran himself, said in his resolution that in other U.S. veterans cemeteries, the U.S. and respective state flags are flown 24 hours, seven days a week “as a final and lasting memorial” to men and women who put their lives in the line of duty to defend the country's honor and freedom.
“There is no finer tribute or more appropriate final resting place for our valiant heroes than in a cemetery dedicated to them,” the three-page resolution reads.
The committee, in its report, said it finds that “the U.S. and CNMI flags should be flown every day, 24 hours a day at the CNMI Veterans Cemetery located in Marpi.”
“The flying of the flag displays the pride that we feel for our fallen men and women. The U.S. and CNMI flags swaying high above, a symbol of their ultimate sacrifice. Therefore, the committee is in accord with the intentions of this resolution and recommend its adoption in its current form," the report says.