In 1971, Maureen Dunn, the wife of a U.S. military officer listed as missing in action while in the Vietnam War, developed the objective for a national flag to remind every American of the many United States service members whose fates were never accounted for while in the war.
The black and white image of a gaunt silhouette, an ominous watchtower and a strand of barbed wire was created by Newt Heisley, who was a WWII pilot. He sketched this image, creating the foundation of a symbol that would advance to have a powerful affect on the public conscience.
By the end of the Vietnam War, more than 2,500 United States service members were listed by the Department of Defense as Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). In 1979, as families of the missing pressed for full accountability, Congress as well as the President proclaimed the first National POW/MIA Recognition Day (3rd Friday in September) to acknowledge the families’ concerns and symbolize the constant resolve of American people to never forget that some gave all protecting our freedoms.
On August 10, 1990, Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, designating the POW/MIA flag as “a symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia” Following Southeast Asia, it has become the symbol for POW/MIAs of all United States wars.
To honor this, Pieces of History has created an enameled POW/MIA flag placed over wings so you can display a symbol of ‘You Are Not Forgotten’ anywhere you go.
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