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On September 20 we pay tribute to our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action veterans; a solemn reminder of the sacrifices each soldier is asked to make.

Every soldier volunteers knowing what their fate ultimately could hold: They might be injured, debilitated or maimed; they could be captured and imprisoned for years; they might be lost, or they could be killed. Still they sign up, knowing their sacrifices to the country they love protect the freedoms of all citizens. They still sign up and some families experience the heartbreak of those sacrifices.

To the soldiers and their families who are still hoping, wondering, searching and mourning for their POW/MIA heroes: We feel your sorrow and honor your loved one. They are not forgotten.

The POW/MIA flag was created during the Vietnam War when many of our American soldiers were missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. Created for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia it was designed by Newt Heisley. Last year the National POW/MIA flag Act was signed into law and required the flag to be flown on certain federal properties on every day the United States flag is flown and serves as a stark reminder that 82,000 unaccounted for Americans from conflicts including WWII through today have still not returned home.

At Elmer's Flag and Banner, we honor all our soldiers in each branch of service. Together, these men and women reflect the best of what our American military stands for: Honor, Duty, and above all else, Freedom.

Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too

1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

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