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The House Resolution:

H.R.1119   National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Passed by the House) 
 

SEC. 1054. DISPLAY OF POW/MIA FLAG

     (a) REQUIRED DISPLAY- The POW/MIA flag shall be displayed at the locations specified in subsection (c) each year on POW/MIA flag display days. Such display shall serve (1) as the symbol of the Nation's concern and commitment to achieving the fullest possible accounting of Americans who, having been prisoners of war or missing in action, still remain unaccounted for, and (2) as the symbol of the Nation's commitment to achieving the fullest possible accounting for Americans who in the future may become prisoners of war, missing in action, or otherwise unaccounted for as a result of hostile action. 

     (b) DAYS FOR FLAG DISPLAY- (1) For purposes of this section, POW/MIA flag display days are the following: 

          (A) Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May. 

          (B) Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. 

          (C) Flag Day, June 14. 

          (D) Independence Day, July 4. 

          (E) National POW/MIA Recognition Day. 

          (F) Veterans Day, November 11. 

     (2) In the case of display at United States Postal Service post offices (required by subsection (c)(8)), POW/MIA flag display days in any year include, in addition to the days specified in paragraph (1), the last business day before each such day that itself is not a business day. 

     (c) LOCATIONS FOR FLAG DISPLAY- The locations for the display of the POW/MIA flag under this section are the following: 

          (1) The Capitol. 

          (2) The White House. 

          (3) The Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

          (4) Each national cemetery. 

          (5) The buildings containing the primary offices of-- 

               (A) the Secretary of State; 

               (B) the Secretary of Defense; 

               (C) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and

               (D) the Director of the Selective Service System. 

          (6) Each major military installation, as designated by the Secretary of Defense. 

          (7) Each Department of Veterans Affairs medical center. 

          (8) Each United States Postal Service post office. 

     (d) COORDINATION WITH OTHER DISPLAY REQUIREMENT- Display of the POW/MIA flag at the Capitol 
     pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (c) is in addition to the display of that flag in the Rotunda of the Capitol required by Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 of the 101st Congress, agreed to on February 22, 1989 (103 Stat. 2533). 

     (e) REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING DISPLAY AT SPECIFIED LOCATIONS- (1) Display of the POW/MIA flag at the buildings specified in paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (7) of subsection (c) shall be on, or on the grounds of, each such building. 

     (2) Display of that flag pursuant to paragraph (5) of subsection (c) at the buildings containing the primary     offices of the officials specified in that paragraph shall be in an area visible to the public. 

     (3) Display of that flag at United States Postal Service post offices pursuant to paragraph (8) of subsection (c) shall be on the grounds or in the public lobby of each such post office. 

     (f) POW/MIA FLAG DEFINED- As used in this section, the term `POW/MIA flag' means the National League of Families POW/MIA flag recognized officially and designated by section 2 of Public Law 101-355 (36 U.S.C. 189). 

     (g) REGULATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION- Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of each department, agency, or other establishment responsible for a location specified in subsection (c) (other than the Capitol) shall prescribe such regulations as necessary to carry out this section. 

     (h) PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF FLAGS- Within 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of General Services shall procure POW/MIA flags and distribute them as necessary to carry out this section. 
 
 


The General Services Administration (GSA) Bulletin: 
 

Archive-Name: gov/us/fed/nara/fed-register/1998/mar/26/63FR14715B 
Posting-number: Volume 63, Issue 58, Page 14715B 
[Federal Register: March 26, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 58)] 
[Notices] 
[Page 14715-14716] 
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] 
[DOCID:fr26mr98-86] 
 
 

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 

[GSA Bulletin FPMR D-248] 
 

Public Buildings and Space 

To: Heads of Federal Agencies 
Subject: POW/MIA Flag Display 

    1. What is the purpose of this bulletin? This bulletin notifies Federal agencies of the implementation guidelines of section 1082, Display of POW/MIA Flag, of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, Pub. L. 105-85 (H.R. 1119, 111 Stat. 1629), enacted November 18, 1997. This law replaces section 1084 of Pub. L. 102-190 (36 U.S.C. 189 note). 
    2. When does this bulletin expire? This bulletin does not expire unless the Act is amended, superseded, or cancelled. 
    3. Who does this Act apply to? Federal establishments with responsibility for the following locations: 
    (a) Capitol; 
    (b) White House; 
    (c) Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial; 
    (d) National cemeteries; 
    (e) Buildings containing the official offices of: 
    (1) Secretary of State; 
    (2) Secretary of Defense; 
    (3) Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and 
    (4) Director of Selective Service System; 
    (f) Major military installations, as designated by the Secretary of Defense; 
    (g) Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; 
    (h) United States Postal Service post offices. 
    4. What action must I take? If this bulletin applies to your Federal establishment, you must prescribe any implementation regulations necessary to carry out this section of the Act by May 17, 1998. (If you are responsible for the Capitol this action is not needed.) Regulations must follow the general guidelines established by the Act outlined in this bulletin. 
    a. When do we display our POW/MIA flag? 
    You fly the flag on the following six days: 

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    (a) Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May; 
    (b) Memorial Day, last Monday in May; 
    (c) Flag Day, June 14; 
    (d) Independence Day, July 4; 
    (e) National POW/MIA Recognition Day (not determined as of the date of this law); 
    (f) Veterans Day, November 11. 
    (1) What exceptions are there to the days we display our flag? At United States Postal Service post offices  that are not open for business on any of the six days listed in the above paragraph, the flag must be displayed on the last business day before that day in lieu of the specified day. 
    (2) What other days do we display our flag? At Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers the flag must also be displayed every day the United States flag is displayed. 
    b. How do I display the POW/MIA flag? The flag is to be visible to the public. The flag is not to require an employee to report to work solely for the purpose of displaying the flag. Additional implementation regulations are to be prescribed as necessary by the individual Federal establishments affected by this law. If you are responsible for the Capitol building, the display of this POW/MIA flag is in addition to the display of the POW/MIA flag in the Rotunda of the Capitol as required by Senate Resolution 5 of the 101st Congress (103 
Stat. 2533). 
    c. Why display the POW/MIA flag? Display of the POW/MIA flag is a symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to accounting for all Americans who remain, or in the future may become, unaccounted for as 
prisoners of war, missing in action, or otherwise unaccounted for as a result of hostile action. 
    d. What flag is the official POW/MIA flag? The official POW/MIA flag is the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, as designated by section 2 of Pub. L. 101-355 (36 U.S.C. 189). 
    5. Who distributes official POW/MIA flags? GSA distributes official POW/MIA flags. You can obtain flags through GSA's Federal Supply Service by your usual ordering procedures. Ordering options include GSA 
Advantage!TK, GSA's on-line shopping service at http://www.fss.gsa.gov, FEDSTRIP, MILSTRIP, or Customer Supply Centers. For assistance contact GSA's National Customer Service Center on 1-800-448-3111 or DSN 465-1416. 
   6. Where can I get further information about this bulletin? You can contact Stanley C. Langfeld, Director, Real Property Policy Division, Office of Real Property, on (202) 501-1737. 

Dated: March 19, 1998. 
G. Martin Wagner, 
Associate Administrator, Governmentwide Policy. 
[FR Doc. 98-7923 Filed 3-25-98; 8:45 am] 
BILLING CODE 6820-23-P 
 
 


The United States Postal Service Notice:
 

 Release No. 43 POSTAL FACILITIES TO FLY POW-MIA FLAGS 

  May 15, 1998 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Release No. 43 
USPS website: http://www.usps.com 

POSTAL FACILITIES TO FLY POW-MIA FLAGS

WASHINGTON -- On six designated holidays, U.S. Postal Service facilities will fly the POW-MIA flag in remembrance of those captured and missing in military actions. 

On November 18, 1997 President Clinton signed into law the Defense Authorization Bill. As part of this legislation the U.S. Postal Service, plus other selected government agencies, are now required to fly the POW/MIA flag on six designated days each year. These days are: 

Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May; 
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; 
Flag Day, June 14; 
Independence Day, July 4; 
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, usually the third Friday in September (as determined each year by the President); and 
Veterans Day, November 11. 
The Postal Service first recognized the POW-MIA issue by creating and producing a 6-cent commemorative stamp in 1970, followed by a 32-cent commemorative postage stamp in 1995 featuring "dog-tags" with the inscription POW-MIA – Never forgotten. 
"As one of the nation’s largest employers of veterans and as active members of the communities in which we serve, the Postal Service and its employees are proud to participate in this remembrance," said newly appointed Postmaster General William J. Henderson. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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