Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday September 15, 2000.
Each year, The Nation Observes National POW/MIA Recogntion day on the third Friday of Septemebr. Mark your future calendars now. A solem event is held at the Pentagon, Washington, DC and includes military elements from all services, former POWS, MIA families and family organizations, Veterans, Military Associations and Veterans Service Organizations. Across the country, Military Units, Veterans and family groups, as well as civilian communitites observe the day in varied ways, to include special flag raisings, dinners, invitations to MIA families and former POW'S. Ceremonies and activities in support of National POW/MIA Recognition Day should honor all Americans who are former Prisoners Of War, Service Members and civilians still unaccounted for and their families, all of whom have made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of theirCountry.
On March 9, 1989, an official League flag, which flew over the White House on 1988 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, was installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress. In a demonstration of bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony.
The League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where it will stand as a powerful symbol of national commitment to America’s POW/MIAs until the fullest possible accounting has been achieved for U.S. personnel still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, which recognized the League’s POW/MIA flag and designated it "as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation".
The importance of the League’s POW/MIA flag lies in its continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of America’s POW/MIAs. Other than "Old Glory", the League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, having been displayed in this place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982. With passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act during the first term of the 105th Congress, the League’s POW/MIA flag will fly each year on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day on the grounds or in the public lobbies of major military installations as designated by the Secretary of the Defense, all Federal national cemeteries, the national Korean War Veterans Memorial, the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House, the United States Postal Service post offices and at the official offices of the Secretaries of State, Defense and Veteran’s Affairs, and Director of the Selective Service System.
(c) 1998 National League of POW/MIA Families For more information: e-mail National League of POW/MIA Families