Tomorrow is POW/MIA Recognition Day, which always falls on the third Friday of September. POW/MIA Recognition Day honors the commitments and the sacrifices made by our nation’s prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities.
POW/MIA Recognition Day is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
A special ceremony is scheduled at the Pentagon with troops from each of the military services, and all across the nation there will be ceremonies conducted by civilian POW/MIA organizations.
The POW/MIA flag is accorded the very rare honor of being flown “ahead” of state flags. When displayed from a single flag pole, the POW/MIA flag should fly directly below, and be no larger than, the United States flag.
If on separate poles, the U.S. flag should always be placed to the right of other flags. On the six national observances for which Congress has ordered display of the POW/ MIA flag, it is generally flown immediately below or adjacent to the United States flag as second in order of precedence.