Every state agency, every state institution of higher education and every county, city, and town must display the national league of families POW/MIA flag along with the state and national flags upon or near its principal building on specific days.
These days are:
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30
Former Prisoners of War Day on April 9
Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May
Memorial Day on the last Monday in May
Flag Day on June 14
Independence Day on July 4
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day on July 27
National POW/MIA Recognition Day third Friday in September
Veterans’ Day on November 11
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7
If the designated day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the POW/MIA flag will be displayed on the preceding Friday.
When a flag is flown on a single pole, the US Flag is on top followed the POW-MIA flag, then the state flag. If there are two poles, the POW-MIA flag is flown under the US flag while the state flag is on the other pole. If there are three poles, the order of precedence is US Flag, POW-MIA flag, state flag. (Federal Register guidance)
To procure a POW/MIA flag, contact the National League of POA/MIA Families at http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/.
Of the 1,606 (6/21/2017) that are listed as missing in action or unaccounted for from the Vietnam conflict, 38 are from the state of Washington. More information on those still unaccounted is available at: http://www.dpaa.mil/
Gov. Inslee will direct the flag to be lowered to half-staff on these occasions:
- Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15 (unless that day is also Armed Forces Day);
- Memorial Day, flag lowered from sunrise to noon;
- Patriot Day, September 11;
- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7;
- In the event of the death of a principal federal and state government official;
- In the event of the death of a state government employee, or a member of the public safety community, killed in the line of duty; and
- In the event of the death of a member of the armed forces from Washington state while serving on active duty.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
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PROCEDURE FOR NATIONAL FLAG TO BE FLOWN AT HALFSTAFF IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES.