Friday, July 4 is Independence Day, one of the six days each year postal facilities are required to fly the POW-MIA flag, but because the holiday falls on a non-business day, the POW-MIA flag is raised on the last business day before July 4. The flag and its display at postal facilities honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.
The POW-MIA flag must fly below the Visit the Postal Service’s POW-MIA flag site for more information.
Postmasters and station managers should regularly inspect U.S. and POW-MIA flags flown at their facilities to make sure they’re serviceable and displayed with respect. When a flag is tattered, faded or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it must be immediately replaced.
The U.S. flag must be disposed of properly and must never be thrown into the trash. Organizations that can help with proper disposal include the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars or most Boy and Girl Scout troops.
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