Some gave all so that we might have our freedom.
Others, have sat in POW camps.. if they were able to sit.
Some … we may never know what happened to them…
May we keep them all in our thoughts and prayers as we count the many blessings they sacrificed for.
Over 1,741 American personnel have been listed by the Department of Defense’s POW/MIA Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. This is only counting those lost from the Vietnam War. 90% of these were lost in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.
On July 19, 1979, Congress passed a resolution establishing a day of remembrance. This was eventually moved to the third Friday of each September. Each year, the president proclaims this day and events to remember these good and honorable service persons across our nation.
We will never forget our fallen, imprisoned or missing!
Understanding the Flag’s Symbolism:
“The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. Newt Heisley designed the flag. The flag’s design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on Mr Heisley’s son, who was medically discharged from the military. As Mr Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag’s design was created in his mind.
The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.”