Still Unaccounted For

Since The War Ended In Vietnam, Refugees Have Flooded The World
They Have Brought With Them Stories Of American Soldiers
American Soldiers That Are Still Being Held Prisoner In Their Homeland
Many Authorities Now Believe That Hundreds Were Left Behind As Living Hostages
That Substantial Numbers Of These Soldiers Are Still Alive Today
Hundreds Of Families Wait Expectantly
Waiting In The Special Agony Only Uncertainty Can Bring

Hundreds Of Men May Still Be Waiting In Caves, Cages And Prisons
How Much Longer Will We Allow The Abandonment Of Our Best Men?

Pow/Mia Flag

In 1971
Mrs. Mary Hoff

A MIA Wife And Member Of The National League Of American Prisoners And Missing In Southeast Asia, Recognized The Need For A Symbol Of Our POW/MIAs
Prompted By An Article In The Jacksonville, Florida Times-Union, Mrs. Hoff Contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice-President Of Annin And Company Which Had Made A Banner For The Newest Member Of The United Nations, The People's Republic of China, As A Part Of Their Policy To Provide Flags To All UN Member Nations

Mrs. Hoff Found Mr. Rivkees Very Sympathetic To The POW/MIA Issue And He, Along With Annin's Advertising Agency, Designed A Flag To Represent Our Missing Men
Following League Approval, The Flags Were Manufactured For Distribution
The Flag Is Black, Bearing In The Center In Black And White, The Emblem Of The League

The Emblem Is A White Disk Bearing In Black Silhouette The Bust Of A Man, A Watch Tower With A Guard Holding A Rifle And A Strand Of Barbed Wire

Above The Disk Are The White Letters POW And MIA Framing A White 5-Pointed Star
Below The Disk Is A Black And White Wreath Above The White Motto "YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN"

Concerned Groups And Individuals Have Altered The Original POW/MIA Flag Many Times
The Colors Have Been Switched From Black With White, To Red, White And Blue, To White With Black
The POW/MIA Has At Times Been Revised To MIA/POW
Such Changes, Nowever, Are Insignificant
The Importance Lies In The Continued Visibility Of The Symbol, A Constant Reminder Of The Plight Of America's POW/MIA'S

On March 9,1989, A POW/MIA Flag, Which Flew Over The White House On The 1988 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Was Installed In The United States Capitol Rotunda As A Result Of Legislation Passed Overwhelmingly During The 100th Session Of Congress
The Leadership Of Both Houses Hosted The Installation Ceremony In A Demonstration Of Bipartisan Congressional Support

This POW/MIA Flag, The Only Flag Displayed In The United States Capitol Rotunda, Stands As A Powerful Symbol Of Our National Commitment To Our POW/MIAS Until The Fullest Possible Accounting For Americans Still Missing In Southeast Asia Has Been Achieved

On August 10,1990, The 101st Congress Passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, Which Recognized The National League Of Families POW/MIA Flag And Designated It As A 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

Beyond Southeast Asia, It Has Been A Symbol For POW/MIAs From All American Wars
The Importance Of The National Legue Of Families POW/MIA Flag Lies In Its Continued Visibility, A Constant Reminder Of The Plight Of America's POW/MIAs

Other Than 'Old Glory', The POW/MIA Flag Is The Only Flag Ever To Fly Over The White House, Having Been Displayed In The Place Of Honor On National POW/MIA Recognition Day Since 1982

With The Passage Of Section 1082 Of The 1998 Defense Authorization Act
During The First Term Of The 105th Congress
The 'POW/MIA Flag' Will Fly Each Year On

Armed Forces Day
Third Saturday In May

Memorial Day
Last Monday In May

Flag Day
June 14Th

Independence Day
July 4Th

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 19Th

Veterans Day
November 11Th

The POW/MIA Flag Will Be Flown On The Grounds Or The Public Lobbies Of Major Military Installations As Designated By The Secretary Of Defense
All Federal National Cemeteries
The National Korean War Veterans Memorial
The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The White House
The United States Post Offices
At Official Offices Of The Secretaries Of State
Defense And Veteran's Affairs
And Director Of The Selective Service System

"Greater Love Has No One Than This
That He Who Lay Down His Life For His Friends"

John 15:13

Our Adopted Pow/Mia's


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