History Of The POW/MIA Flag
In 1971 Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member
of the National League of Families, recognized the need for a symbol
of our POWs/MIAs. Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Florida,
"Times-Union," Mrs. Hoff contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice
President of Annin & Company which had made a banner for the
newest member of the United Nations, the People's Republic of China,
as part of their policy to provide flags to all United Nations'
Mrs. Hoff found Mr. Rivkees very sympathetic to
the POW/MIA issue; and he, along with Annin's advertising agency,
designed a flag to represent our missing. Following League approval,
the flags were manufactured for distribution.
The importance of the League's POW/MIA flag lies
in its continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of
America's POWs/MIAs. Other than "Old Glory," the League's
POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House,
having been displayed in this place of honor on National POW/MIA
Recognition Day since 1982.
On March 9, 1989, an official League flag, which
flew over the White House for the 1988 "National POW/MIA Recognition
Day," was installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as a result
of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress.
In a demonstration of bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership
of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony.
The League's POW/MIA flag is the only flag that
has ever been displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where it will
stand as a powerful symbol of national commitment to America's POWs/MIAs
until the fullest possible accounting has been achieved for U.S.
personnel still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
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