|September 5, 2012 - To honor those veterans who were prisoners of war or missing in action, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has ordered that City buildings fly the POW/MIA flag on six holidays throughout the year.
The 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, a federal law that dictates budget and expenditures for the U.S. Department of Defense, allows the POW/MIA flag to fly as a symbol of the nation's concern of Americans who, having been prisoners of war or missing in action, remain unaccounted for; and as a symbol to the nation's commitment to Americans in the future who may become unaccounted for during hostile action.
"This act of support shows that we are proud of the commitment all of our veterans have made and that those fighting in current wars will not be forgotten,"
Mayor Rogero said.
The POW/MIA flag will be flown alongside the American flag at 28 City facilities on the following holidays:
Armed Forces Day
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Mayor Rogero and her administration, including Deputy to the Mayor and Chief Operating Officer Eddie Mannis, have supported veterans through a variety of efforts. Mannis is chairman and founder of Honor Air Knoxville, which transports East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., to see memorials built in their honor. The Rogero administration was also part of the team to bring the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention to Knoxville in 2014.
The POW/MIA flag is black and white with the silhouette of a soldier in the foreground and an inscription that reads "You Are Not Forgotten."