By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing, May 20, 2019.
The City of Mill Creek holds special observances for Memorial Day to remember those who have died in service to this nation.
The city also encourages residents to remember those who are or have been missing in action or prisoners of war by flying the POW/MIA flag at both City Hall and over the Veterans Monument at Library Park.
The POW/MIA flag was first flown in 1971 during the Vietnam War to draw attention to missing service members and prisoners of war.
On August 10, 1990, Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, recognizing the POW/MIA flag and designating it "as a symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."
Beyond Southeast Asia, it has been a symbol for POW/MIAs from all U.S. wars.
“We are honored to fly this flag on Memorial Day, particularly this year with our theme of ‘We Will Remember,’” said Mill Creek City Manager Michael Ciaravino.
He went on to say, “We do remember, and we vow to teach the next generations to do so as well.”