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Riverside County to observe annual POW/MIA recognition day


Last updated 9/10/2019 at 3:17pm

RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 20, during which the black flag memorializing American service members who have not been found following wars and conflicts in the last 75 years will be flown at the County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside.

Supervisor Karen Spiegel brought forward the proclamation establishing the county's observance of the day, which states in part that "Americans held as prisoners of war and missing in action have earned our respect for their courage and devotion to the United States.''

"We call upon all residents to join across the nation in honoring all present and former American POWs and MIAs and their families,'' the proclamation reads. "Further, we call upon state and local officials, active military, National Guard and reserves, veterans, historians, educators and private organizations to observe this day.''

Spiegel expressed concern that the county did not have a POW/MIA flag on hand. One is flown daily outside the Riverside Historic Courthouse a block away, but not outside the main county complex.

During the Board of Supervisors' meeting, Spiegel was informed that a local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter would be donating a flag for the County Administrative Center.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a total 1,587 members of the U.S. Armed Forces remain missing or unaccounted for going back to World War II. Of all the 50 states, California has the largest number of individuals on the POW/MIA list -- 162.

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