On the third Friday of September each year, Americans pause to remember those valiant servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country but who still lie in foreign soil. According to the Department of Defense, more than 81,800 service personnel are still considered M.I.A., Missing in Action. Although the vast majority of MIAs are from the WWII era, approximately 8,000 are from the Korean War, 125 from the Cold War, and 1,700+ are from the Vietnam War. The Department of Defense works with countries where American military personnel have served to locate and identify the remains of missing personnel so that their families can at last have closure. The DOD also tries to resolve the “Last Known Alive” cases, found primarily in SE Asia, to finally settle the issue of living POWs still being kept against their will.
In the 1970s, the National League of Families became the leading group pursuing information on those individuals still listed as POWs or missing in action. This group is best known for its iconic POW/MIA flag, which is generally recognized as the official flag representing the POW/MIA issue. These flags are readily available and are frequently flown on a year-round basis to keep public focus on this important issue.
Please fly your flag on Friday, Sept. 21st, to honor the memory of America’s POW/MIAs. For God & Country.