😢🇺🇸Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day. There are still 1,594 missing, but they are not forgotten. Efforts are still underway to locate and identify the remains of US military across the globe.
This flag was designed and put into use in the early 70s during the Viet Nam era to bring into the spotlight those who were being held prisoner and tortured at the hands of the North Vietnamese and those who were never found. It still serves as a reminder of all the missing regardless of when or where they fought. It’s a powerfully eloquent image that haunts me to this day.
I graduated high school in the mid 70’s, so POW’s and MIA’s were in the news and part of our social consciousness throughout my childhood/teen years. In high school, we bought simple silver bracelets, each inscribed with a POW’s name and date of capture to wear until our soldier came home. I wore the bracelet of Capt. Jeremiah Denton, and I’m glad to say he made it home.
Perhaps the most famous POW is Sen. John McCain who endured years of captivity and torture even though he could have saved himself but he refused to accept special treatment. Forgetting politics, you should read his book Faith of My Fathers. It’s an inspiring story of three generations of service including the story of his years as a prisoner of war. His is the story of a true American hero.
Since Viet Nam, thankfully, POW’s have been precious few in number. Chances are most of you reading this are too young to have lived through this time of our history. You should look it up and learn about this atrocity. Three books are exceptionally compelling accounts: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides, and Faith of My Fathers by John McCain. The first two deal with WWII, and the third with Viet Nam. You’ll come away with a new feeling of appreciation for those who served and for our great country/
One last thing. This is a link to a group connected to the Dept. of Defense concerning POW’s and MIA’s. It gives current news and updates about remains being found and/or identified and those who can finally be returned to their families.