More than likely, you are familiar with the POW/MIA military flag. It shows the silhouette of a soldier above the words ‘You Are Not Forgotten’. The flag owners’ have members in the military that have either been taken as a prisoner of war or who are missing in action. Up until now, it was required that it is flown six times every year, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
There is a proposal sponsored by Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator and New Hampshire representative Chris Papas. That proposal was signed into law on Thursday, November 7. Military Times reports that the legislation makes it necessary for certain federal buildings and or memorials to fly the flag year-round.
Not every federal institution has to fly the flag but it does include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters, every post office, and national cemetery, and war memorials such as the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It will also be raised during every major US military installation.
Time magazine reports that the flag was created by Newton Heisley in 1972. He is an illustrator and World War II veteran. Originally, it was designed to be a symbol for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia during Vietnam. Over 82,000 soldiers are listed as either a POW or MIA today, so the flag is considered to be much more.
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“This is a historic victory for every man and woman who courageously defended this nation and remain unaccounted for,” Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander William Schmitz said in a statement. “The daily display of the POW/MIA flag at all prominent federal properties now serves as a daily reminder that these heroes, and their families, are forever etched in our DNA.”
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