DoD Knowledge Base: FAQs

POW/MIA FLAG
Published: 07/10/2006 | Updated:  08/05/2014
Is the POW/MIA flag the first flag to fly under the U.S. flag? When in a color guard is the POW/MIA flag the first flag to the left of the U.S. flag? On what days can we fly the POW/MIA 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, however, 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 Veteran's Memorial

- The Vietnam Veteran's 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 Veteran Affairs, the Director of the Selective Service System

- Each major military installation

- Each United States Postal Service