This somber flag reminds us of the debt we owe the thousands of Americans who have been prisoners of war (POWs), as well as those who have gone missing in action (MIA). The POW/MIA flag is the only flag displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where it stands as an emblem of resolve that this nation will never forget those who have suffered in enemy captivity and those missing and unaccounted for.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is another place where you will see the POW/ MIA flag displayed. Inscribed on the monument’s wall are more than 58,000 names of soldiers lost during the Vietnam War. Approximately 1,200 of those names represent POWs and MIAs.
Congress has specified six days when it is particularly appropriate to fly the POW/MIA flag: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day (third Friday in September), and Veterans Day.