A flag that has flown over the White House and the U. S. Capitol was raised Thursday at Meridian City Hall. The POW-MIA flag is a symbol of commitment to resolve, as fully as possible, the fates of Americans still held prisoner or listed as missing in action.
Friday is National POW-MIA Recognition Day.
"We still have over 1900 MIA-POWs from Vietnam alone," said Percy Howland, a member of VFW Post 79 in Meridian. "There's quite a few that's still missing in action from all over, all the wars. So I think we want to give recognition to try to get these men home or try to find their remains."
Members of VFW Post 79 say they hope the presence of the flag will make an impression on many others.
"Maybe people will come around and think about it as much as we're thinking about it," said Johnnie Cook, commander of Post 79. "And I'm glad this day will be recognized as POW Day."
Representing the city, chief administrative officer, Ken Storms, said he loves ceremonies that come from the heart of the people, as this one initiated by veterans.
"If we forget about those who served or either died or were POWs or MIA, if we forget those people, then their lives while on the earth don't mean anything. If we keep their memories alive then the time they served their country on this earth is of value and has true meaning. So we keep those memories alive," said Storms.
The flag will fly over Meridian City Hall through Sunday. A service to honor POWs and MIAs will be held Friday at 9:00 a.m. at Naval Air Station Meridian.