Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Remember to Fly the POW-MIA Flag

On Wednesday, June 14, people across the United States will celebrate Flag Day to honor the U.S. flag and commemorate its adoption as a symbol of freedom.  The date chosen for Flag Day is the day the Flag Act was first passed and is considered the birthday of the American flag. 

The proper display of the American flag is a sign of respect to our flag, our country --- and to the men and women who proudly serve (or have served) in defense of the United States.  Flag Day is a reminder for each of us to test our knowledge of flag etiquette to ensure that all postal facilities are in compliance with the laws relating to the U.S. flag.  Below are two references:

United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1
The United States Flag Code stipulates that as the symbol of a living country, the flag is considered in itself a living thing.  The code outlines the proper ways to display the American flag.  These laws are supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. 

Administrative Support Manual – Section 471 – 476

This postal manual includes flag information ranging from proper display of the flag to requisition procedures to obtain a new flag.  

The flag honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as Prisoners Of War or listed as Missing In Action.
The POW-MIA flag must fly below the U.S. flag.

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