In observance of the United States’ National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day, the City of Huntsville will raise POW/MIA flags at three City locations this Friday, September 20.
At 6:45 a.m., flags will be raised at City Hall, located at 1212 Avenue M; the Service Center, located at 448 State Highway 75 North; and at a third City flag pole, located at the intersection of Avenue I and 11th Street.
Citizens are welcome to gather at City Hall that morning to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. The City will lower the flags on Sunday, September 22, at 5 p.m.
“I would like to thank City resident Kenneth Callahan for bringing the POW/MIA Recognition Day to the attention of Council, and I would like to invite everyone to attend the raising of the flags on Friday, September 20,” City Council member Ronald Allen said.
POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed each year on the third Friday in September in honor of the thousands of service members listed by the Department of Defense as either a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action.
According to the United States Flag Code, “The POW/MIA flag should be flown beneath the flag of the United States, if displayed on the same pole.” The code also states that the POW/MIA flag should be flown above any state or military flag.