Abingdon in Washington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
You Are Not Forgotten
In 1971, following League approval, a POW/MIA flag (shown to the left) was designed. The flag is black and white, with the emblem of the League in the center. The emblem is a white disk enclosing the silhouette of a POW, a watch tower with a guard holding a rifle, and a strand of barbed wire. Above the disk are the letters POW (Prisoner Of War) and MIA (Missing In Action) framing a white five-pointed star; below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.”
On March 9, 1989, a POW/MIA Flag, which flew over the White House on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, was installed in the United States Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th session of Congress. The leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony in a demonstration of bipartisan congressional support. This POW/MIA Flag, the only flag displayed in the United States Capitol Rotunda, stands as a powerful symbol of our national commitment to our POW/MIAs.
Today, there are over 8,000 American service men and women missing in action and their remains and whereabouts unaccounted for. This flag has now become a symbol for POW/MIAs from all American wars. The importance of the POW/MIA Flag lies in its continued visibility…a constant reminder of the plight of our American POW/MIAs and our hope and prayer that they will never be forgotten.
Erected 2008 by Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Abingdon/Washington County, Virginia, Inc.
Location. 36° 42.381′ N, 81° 58.575′ W. Marker is in Abingdon, Virginia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumming Street SW and Grove Terrace Drive SW, on the right when traveling south on Cumming Street SW. Touch for map. Located in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 335 Cummings Street, Abingdon VA 24210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Minutemen (here, next to this marker); Bronze "Yellow" Ribbon Monument (a few steps from this marker); Split Rail Fence & The American Chestnut (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor David Campbell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Campbell (about 300 feet away); Abingdon in the Civil War (approx. ¼ mile away); Boyhood Home of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston (approx. ¼ mile away); Abingdon (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abingdon.
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.