National POW/MIA Recognition Day is celebrated this year on September 20th and always observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This day was established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act.

One of our most famous POW’s is the late Senator John McCain who died in August last year.

It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown. The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990. The POW/MIA flag should fly below, and not be larger than the United States flag. It is generally flown immediately below or adjacent to the United States flag as second in order of precedence. (from Wikipedia, me, and www.cute-calendar.com)


One thought on “POW-MIA

  1. I’ve never heard of this – it’s not something we have in the UK. A fine idea – though I guess there’s an argument that too many memorial days gets confusing/risks missing something/dilutes effort. We probably cram a lot into 11 November.


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