Friday, September 19, 2008

POW-MIA Recognition Day

Today is National Prisoner of War-Missing in Action (POW-MIA) Recognition Day.

It’s one of the six days each year all USPS facilities are required to fly the POW-MIA flag.

Its display at postal facilities honor the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as prisoners of war or missing in action.

According to the Home of Heroes website, "The design for the MIA/POW flag was never copyrighted. It became a flag that belongs to everyone, a design that hauntingly reminds us of those we dare not ever forget. Behind the black and white silhouette is a face we can't see...the face of a husband, a father, or a son who has paid with their freedom, for our freedom."

Shown here is a 1995 stamp honoring POWs and MIAs. The U.S. also issued a POW-MIA stamp in 1970.

For more on the POW-MIA flag, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM