Protocol for flying the MIA POW Flag

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

The POW/MIA Table: A Place Setting for One, A Table for All

Protocol for Flying the POW/MIA Flag

National League of POW/MIA Families

DPPA Website


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