The POW/MIA Flag

Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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May 19th
The POW/MIA Flag
This somber flag reminds us of the debt we owe the thousands of Americans who have been prisoners of war (POWs), as well as those who have gone missing in action (MIA). The POW/MIA flag is the only flag displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where it stands as an emblem of resolve that this nation will never forget those who have suffered in enemy captivity and those missing and unaccounted for.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is another place where you will see the POW/ MIA flag displayed. Inscribed on the monument’s wall are more than 58,000 names of soldiers lost during the Vietnam War. Approximately 1,200 of those names represent POWs and MIAs.

Congress has specified six days when it is particularly appropriate to fly the POW/MIA flag: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day (third Friday in September), and Veterans Day.

American History Parade
1749
King George II grants the Ohio Company a large expanse of land to promote settlement of the Ohio River Valley.

1828
President John Quincy Adams signs a protective tariff considered unfair in the South, which labels it the “tariff of abominations.”

1864
A Confederate attack against Union forces ends several days of horrific fighting at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia.

1921
Congress places quotas on the number of immigrants entering the United States.
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