Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of
Families, recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs.
Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Fla., 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 a part of their policy to provide
flags to all U.N. member states.
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 men.
Following league approval, the flags were manufactured for
On March 9, 1989, an official league flag, which flew over the
White House on 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 ever displayed in
the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where it will stand as a powerful symbol of
national commitment to America's POW/MIAs until the fullest possible
accounting has been achieved for U.S. personnel still missing and
unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
On Aug. 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law
101-355, which recognized the league's POW/MIA flag and designated it
"as the symbol of the
nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the
fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in
Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their Families and the
The importance of the league's POW/MIA flag lies in its
continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of America's
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.
With passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization
Act during the first term of the 105th Congress, the League's POW/MIA
flag will fly each year on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day,
Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day on
the grounds or in the public lobbies of major military installations
as designated by the Secretary of the Defense, all federal national
cemeteries, the national Korean War Veterans Memorial, the National
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House, the United States Postal
Service post offices and at the official offices of the Secretaries of
State, Defense and Veteran's Affairs, and Director of the Selective
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For more information visit http://www.pow-miafamilies.org.