Gone, but not forgotten. Today is POW/MIA Day. Prisoners of War/Missing in Action are military whose whereabouts are not known or confirmed.
From the POW/MIA Families.Org website:
In 1970, an MIA wife and member of the National League of POW/MIA Families recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs. Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Florida, Times-Union, she contacted a flag manufacturing firm, Annin & Company, which had made a banner for the newest member of the United Nations, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as part of their policy to provide flags to all UN member states. The VP of this firm was sympathetic and, working with an Annin-contracted advertising agency employee, Newt Heisley, designed a flag to represent America’s missing men. Following League approval, the flags were manufactured for distribution. Wanting the greatest possible visibility of the symbol to advocate improved treatment for and answers on America’s POW/MIAs, no trade mark or copyright was sought. Today’s widespread use of the League’s POW/MIA flag is not legally restricted and the League does not share in profits from commercial sales.
Other than “Old Glory,” the League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, having been displayed in this place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982.
Remember the military whose whereabouts are unknown and the families who await for news. Thank a veteran for his or her service.