Nylon POW/MIA flag
POW/MIA flags, Made in USA
All of our POW MIA flags are double sided (meaning no matter which way the wind blows, you will see the same image – not reversed on one side like single sided flags show). On both sides the emblem is sewn securely to the 200 denier thick nylon flag. They also feature two brass grommets, lock stitches on the seams and 4 rows of stitching on the fly end, plus reinforced corners to prevent fraying. And as with all our flags, both materials and labor are 100% from here in the United States. Add it to your shopping cart today and we’ll ship it quickly!
What does POW MIA mean (stand for)?
When you see the black and white flag with POW MIA displayed on it, the meaning is: “Prisoners Of War (POW) / Missing In Action (MIA). ” It serves as a symbol of citizen concern about United States military personnel which have been taken as a POW or listed as MIA. Today the black and white POW-MIA flag, with its silhouette of a bowed head, set against a guard tower and a single strand of barbed wire serves as a national symbol and a challenge to a country not to forget.
Overview of the POW/MIA Flag
Originally designed by Newt Hesley in the early 1970s, the POW/MIA flag consists of a prisoner of war standing in front of a guard tower. At the top are the words “POW*MIA,” followed by “You Are Not Forgotten” at the bottom. It features a monochrome color scheme. The POW/MIA flag features a black field with a black silhouette of the prisoner of the war. The rest of the flag is white.
Hesley designed the POW/MIA flag for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. Shortly after the flag was designed the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia petitioned the U.S. government to adopt it. Congress approved the POW/MIA flag in 1972, thus adding it to the United States’ list of officially recognized flags. The POW/MIA flag has since become recognized as a sign of honor and commitment to our nation’s captured and lost service members.
When to Display the POW/MIA Flag
You can display the POW/MIA flag year-round. With that said, the 1998 Defense Authorization Act outlines several dates on which it’s particularly fitting to display the POW/MIA flag. Among these dates are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day. If you own a POW/MIA flag, be sure to display it on these dates.
If you’re going to display the POW/MIA flag in conjunction with the American flag, make sure it’s smaller — as well as lower — than the American flag. The POW/MIA flag can be displayed with the American flag on a single pole. However, the POW/MIA flag must be smaller than the American flag, and it must be hoisted to a lower height than the American flag. You can also display the POW/MIA flag and the American flag on separate poles. When doing so, the American flag should be positioned to the right of the POW/MIA flag (the flag’s own right or the viewer’s left).
- What does POW MIA mean (stand for)?
- How should you display (fly) the POW MIA flag when in the presence of other flags and should it be saluted?
- Who designed the POW MIA flag and why?
- When are you supposed to fly the POW MIA flag?
- What do the symbols on the POW MIA flag represent?
- Where may I purchase an American made POW MIA flag?
How should you display (fly) the POW MIA flag when in the presence of other flags and should it be saluted?
If you are flying your flags on the same pole, the POW MIA flag should be flown directly beneath the flag of the United States, and be the same size or smaller. Any state or military flag should be flown beneath the POW MIA flag. If you have different flag poles, the POW MIA flag should be to the left of the U.S. flag at the same level or lower. The POW MIA flag is NOT to be saluted.
Who designed the POW MIA flag and why?
In 1970, Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of POW/MIA Families, recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs. So she contacted Norman Rivkees, and he along with Newt Heisley, designed the flag to represent our missing military personnel in 1972, as a symbol of citizen concern about United States military personnel which have been taken as a POW or listed as MIA.
When are you supposed to fly the POW MIA flag?
As an individual, you may fly the POW MIA flag anytime you would like. However, with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act, the flag officially was specified to fly each year on: Armed Forces Day – Third Saturday in May, Memorial Day – Last Monday in May, Flag Day – June 14th, Independence Day – July 4th, National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Third Friday in September, and Veterans Day – November 11th.
What do the symbols on the POW MIA flag represent?
If you look closely, you will notice a silhouette of a man with his head bowed, a guard tower with a guard on duty, a strand of barbed wire, and the words “You Are Not Forgotten”. The black used for this flag is to symbol mourning and the man, watch tower and barbed wire are meant to represent what life must be like for those being held behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. The words are to remind everyone that the POW and MIA still missing, will never be forgotten.
Where can I purchase an American made POW MIA flag?
Star Spangled Flags sells a POW MIA Flag that has received raving reviews! The main reason so many people love this flag is because it is 100% made in the USA. Also, customers value the quality of the materials, the flag’s durability and that it is double sided. Star Spangled Flags use a tough nylon that is specially treated to dry fast and resist sun and chemical deterioration Their flag also has locked stitches on the hems and on the fly end they have used quadruple stitching. Star Spangled Flags does not sell an embroidered POW MIA flag at this time.