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What is the protocol for flying the POW/MIA flag?

Published: 03/05/19 | Updated: 03/20/19

The POW/MIA flag is flown below the U.S. flag. Generally, it is not displayed with other flags. The POW/MIA flag is generally not included in a color guard. If it is flown next to the U.S. flag (i.e. on a separate pole), it should be on the U.S. flag's direct left. The POW/MIA flag should be flown on:

 - Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May)

- Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)

- Flag Day (June 14)

- Independence Day (July 4)

- National POW/MIA Recognition Day (3rd Friday in September)

- Veterans Day (November 11)

The POW/MIA flag flies continuously over:

 - The White House

- The Capitol Rotunda

- The Korean War Veterans Memorial

- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

- The World War II Memorial

- Each National Cemetery

- Buildings containing the offices of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Director of the Selective Service System

- Each major military installation

- Each U.S. post office