G.I. P.O.W. M.I.A. and K.I.A Memorial
Backstory and Context
This monument serves to honor those lost, taken prisoner, and killed in action during times of war. This is one of many monuments across the United States to honor missing and imprisoned soldiers. Each year on the third Friday in September is POW/MIA Recognition Day, where a moment of silence is taken and the POW/MIA flag is flown across all military installations.
In 1971, Mary Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, saw the need for a symbol for POW/MIAs. She set out to find someone to help her design it, and was able to get help from those that had created the banner welcoming the Peoples Republic of China into the United Nations. The flag is black, and in the center, in black and white, the emblem of the League. The emblem is a white circle with a black silhouette of a man, watch tower with a guard holding a rifle, and barbed wire. Above the circle are the white letters POW and MIA; below the circle is the motto "you are not forgotten".
This Flag serves as a powerful symbol and is still flown at the White House. On March 9, 1989, a POW/MIA Flag was installed in the United States Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed during the 100th session of Congress. To date this is the only non-federal flag displayed in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
Flock, Elizabeth. The POW/MIA Flag Still Flies High Despite Questions. US News. 2/28/13. . https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/28/the-powmia-flag-still-flies-high-despite-questions.
History of POW MIA. National League of POW MIA Families. . . https://www.pow-miafamilies.org/history-of-the-powmia-flag.html.