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Polk County to observe Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day

Polk County will again participate in Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day with the black and white flag that symbolizes these soldiers flown over the Polk County Courthouse on Friday, September 17.

Polk County Memorial Veterans Of Foreign Wars & Auxiliary to Post #9116 requested that the Board of Commissioners proclaim September 2020 as Polk County POW/MIA Month and the Commissioners agreed, asking that citizens to observe this month and day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

According to Military.com, the day “is to ensure that Americans remember to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned.” The day was made official in 1979 when Congress and President Jimmy Carter passed resolutions on the matter.

The POW/MIA flag was designed by World War II pilot Newt Heisley. The image was made “in black and white to represent the sorrow, anxiety and hope symbolized by the image of the gaunt man featured on it,” the web site said.

Since 1982, the flag has flown just below the stars and stripes at the White House and in 1998, Congress ordered it to also be displayed on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

The observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day and Polk County POW/MIA Month is a chance for all residents of Polk County to renew our promise to our heroes, that, as the creed on the flag says, “You Are Not Forgotten.”

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