National Observance: Pay tribute on POW/MIA Day

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: Prisoners of war and those missing in action are honored today, as the United States observes National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The black-and-white flag flown today was only recognized by public law in 1990, but its simple and bold message resonates widely.

Usually, events are held at military installations, state capitols, schools and veteran facilities, but the POW/MIA flag might be seen anywhere from a neighbor’s house to the White House. This year, participants are focusing on the theme “The Cost of Freedom,” remembering that some endure the horrors of war far beyond warzones. (Learn more from the U.S. Department of Defense.)

The date of observance for National POW/MIA Recognition Day has a rocky history as different historical dates close to major POW/MIA days were suggested through the years. However, the third Friday in September was finally agreed upon and it salutes all Americans still missing and POWs from all wars. 

Wondering where to fly your POW/MIA flag? Remember that it should fly below the United States flag, usually directly below or adjacent to the U.S. flag. (The U.S. recognizes several Patriotic Days throughout the year—read about them all at the VFW website.)

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