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Hunterdon County Commissioners and veterans services administer new KIA flags to all municipalities

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Commissioners and co-liaisons to Veterans Affairs Susan
Soloway and John Lanza, along with VSO Rich Booth earlier this month initiated the mailing of a new “Killed in Action” (KIA) flag to each municipality in the county.

In 2017, the legislature and the governor enacted P.L. 2017, chapter 188, which states, “The Killed in Action flag is designated an official State flag for recognizing member of the Armed Forces of the United States who were killed in action in any war or conflict in which the United States has been involved.”

“The display of flags on government buildings holds significant importance, especially when it comes to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” Soloway said.

According to this state law, the KIA flag must be displayed at the principal building in each state, county, and municipality during normal business hours.

Starting in 2018, Hunterdon County began distributing the KIA flags to each municipality for display at their respective municipal buildings. The KIA flag is proudly flown on the flag poles in front of the Historic Courthouse and at the Justice Complex, demonstrating that Hunterdon County remembers our nation’s fallen heroes.

“Let us come together as a community to express our gratitude and ensure that the sacrifices of our service members are never forgotten,” Lanza said.

The KIA flag was developed by an anonymous Veteran in 1993, and its red color is a symbol of the blood shed by our Armed Forces and Special Services who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

The flag is dedicated to representing the sorrow and respect our nation owes those who paid the ultimate price. A portion of all proceeds for the KIA flags supports the families and functions held by those families of Veterans who have been killed in action.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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