Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In honor of those people captured or missing, we take a moment for them. True dedication can never anticipate the outcome unknown. The questions sit like dark rooms filed with file boxes in our mind. Perhaps this heavy emotional place is why the Concerned Citizen is the second most circulated flag in the United States. If you have a loved one missing or captured, today, we use this day of remembrance for you.

This flag was made after the during the Vietnam War. Mary Hoff recognized the importance of a symbol for those who had POW/MIA family or friends. Traditionally the intention of the flag is restricted to military, but with the latest capture of Journalists by the terrorist organization ISIL, we can not but feel this flag holds relevance to those family members and friends as well.

Flag Story

We run by residential flagpoles all the time. But this is the most complete and direct message we have seen yet; “You Are Not Forgotten” engraved across a small stone wall behind a well kept brick bed encircling a residential flagpole, flying the US flag and the POW/MIA.

We ran across northern Indiana. The video was taken in a small community in Michigan City. We didn’t expect to run through a residential neighborhood and see something like this, a household with a flag and display that moved us.

The American flag is the most common to find, but many states require the POW to be flown with the US flag at all Public facilities including schools, municipalities, water works, Transportation departments, DMVs, and the list goes on. But residents do not have to fly a flag. Becoming a flag flier is a personal choice to say something to your community. To go the extra step to fly a US and a POW is impressive.

The Concerned Citizen is one of the most symbolic and visual flags ever made. The white design on black is unmistakable, even from a distance. This illustration depicts the connection between our freedoms as citizens and the soldiers Missing in Action or Prisoners of War. This flag was created by William Graham Wilkin III. In 1988, March 9th became National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The following years, the date changed until the 3rd Friday in September became dedicated to the day of remembrance.

This display is very creative for a 20 ft. telescoping flagpole with two flags. The telescoping flagpole is made of 16 gauge aluminum. For many residential areas, this is a quality solution. 16 gauge aluminum sheeting is 0.0508 inches thick, compared to a commercial flagpole, which are 0.125 inches and thicker. The thicker the flagpole wall/wider the diameter, the more heavy duty the flagpole. For those in windy areas, the telescoping flagpole may not be the best choice. Try the flagpole finder to determine the best commercial flagpole for you.

This flagpole has two 3 x 5 foot flags, an American Nylon Flag. The other flag was really the statement of the display, representing Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. This black and white flag is very powerful with the phrase "You Are Not Forgotten" across the bottom. This was a 3 x 5 foot POW/MIA Flag.

We hope on this day, you find some time to reflect on those missing or captured. Their fate is unknown to us, we are the ones who can show them they are not forgotten.