TRENTON – Word would go out across New Jersey and every town and city would honor with flags flown at half staff the death of any active member of the New Jersey National Guard or armed services who lived in New Jersey.
The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously released legislation (A3507) that requires the adjutant general of the New Jersey National Guard to notify all local governments when a National Guardsman or woman or active member of the military who lived in New Jersey dies.
“The purpose of the bill, quite simply, is to honor all brave service members who have served this state and our country so selflessly and who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom – their lives,” said one of the bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Nelson Albano, D-1, Cape May Court House. “Flying flags at half-staff to honor their bravery may already be a regular practice, but it’s right to make it a requirement.”
The bill now heads to the full Assembly for consideration. An identical bill in the Senate (S2434) was unanimously approved by the upper house back in March.