The logo, a stark black profile of a captive soldier in silhouette against a white background showing a guard tower and wire fence, and its motto, “You are not forgotten,” has been a creative and spiritual inspiration to all Americans, illustrators, artists, and veterans’s groups since its creation in 1970 during the Vietnam War.
The need for a logo and flag was recognized by Mrs. Michael Hoff, a POW/MIA wife and member of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia . For a brief background on the history of the flag, please visit their website here.
Forensic science has brought closure for some families recently according to their 2/22/15 update:
The search for our missing is ongoing and has had a recent success for two families. “The remains of Capt Richard D. Chorlins, USAF, lost January 11, 1970, in Laos were identified on December 17, 2014.” Using science, remains returned years ago, are being identified. There are still 1,636 personnel listed by the Department of Defense as missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. The remains of Capt Richard D. Chorlins, USAF, lost January 11, 1970, in Laos were identified on December 17, 2014. Unilaterally repatriated by Vietnam on June 21, 1989, the remains of MSG James William Holt, USA, were identified on January 10, 2015. “
This small group, with only one full-time employee, has accomplished a great deal in keeping our POW/MIA in our collective memories during the last 46 years of its existence. Its mission is plain:
“The League’s sole purpose is to obtain the release of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing and repatriation of all recoverable remains of those who died serving our nation during the Vietnam War.”
If you are in the Falls River, VA/Wash. D.C. area, their annual meeting will be held in June.
Although created during the Vietnam War, the League states: “The importance of the League’s POW/MIA flag lies in its continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of America’s POW/MIAs from all wars, including those now ongoing.
I cannot remember attending any patriotic event or parade without seeing the POW/MIA flag and having my awareness raised. Is this symbol and message meaningful to your community? Thanks for reading and thank you National League of POW/MIA Families for keeping the memory of our captive and missing alive.
I have one hanging in my man cave. It flew proudly for a year over the Purdy Spit on my Key Peninsula here in Washington. We put up a new one. Never ever forget.