ST. PAUL – Representative John Huot (DFL- Rosemount) today introduced legislation to establish a Capitol flag program for families of military service members and first responders who have died in the line of duty. Currently, family members of the fallen soldiers must request the Minnesota or American flag that is flown over the Capitol. Rep. Huot’s bill would deliver the flag to eligible family members, free of charge.
The bill has a personal connection to Rep. Huot, who lost his brother that was actively serving in Vietnam.
“At the graveside of my brother’s funeral in 1970, I remember how special it was to have a soldier present a flag to my family on behalf of the President of the United States, and the citizens of our great nation,” said Rep. Huot.
“When our flag flies over the Capitol, it signifies what Minnesota stands for, who we are as a state and how we honor those who have served us. From soldiers to first responders, they’re always making sure we are safe. This is one small way we can show gratitude for their service.”
The bill awaits a committee hearing in the House. Its House File number will be available after it is processed. Senator Andrew Lang (R-Olivia) is the Senate sponsor.