Upper Marlboro, MD… Members of the Sheriff’s Office proudly raised the POW/MIA flag today during a ceremony recognizing our country’s Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action. Forty-three (43) years ago, during the Vietnam War, the wife of a service member missing in action was inspired to develop an insignia recognizing soldiers who were Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action. The black flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette the bust of a man, watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire; and bears the motto: "You are not Forgotten." In August of 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, recognizing the National League of Families POW/MIA Flag.
Our very own William “Bill” Milligan who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War presented Sheriff High with a POW/MIA flag to be flown at the Office of the Sheriff “Fallen Heroes Memorial”.
“The Memorial at the Sheriff’s Office is hallowed ground where we remember our fallen deputies. On this Memorial Day weekend, we proudly raise the POW/MIA flag as a tribute to all members of the armed services, their families, and those who have not come home,” said Sheriff High who served in the Marine Corps and is also a Vietnam veteran.
The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office lists 1,647 Americans as MIA from the Vietnam War. There are three names still listed as “Missing In Action” with a home of record in Prince George’s County and there is still one POW remaining from the Iraq war.
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