When you drive by SeaTac City Hall or the Community Center or other government facilities, you may see the flags at half-staff or special flags on the flagpoles Governor Jay Inslee orders flags flown for certain occasions.

Here is some background on why the flags are flying on special days. In 2017 the State Legislature passed a bill that became RCW 1.20.017. This measure directs that every state agency, institution of higher education and every county, city, and town shall display the national league of families POW/MIA flag along with the state and national flags on certain days each year. The purpose of this notification is to inform you of the designated days for 2020. These days are:

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30
Former Prisoners of War Day on April 9
Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May
Memorial Day on the last Monday in May
Flag Day on June 14
Independence Day on July 4
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day on July 27
National POW/MIA Recognition Day on the third Friday in September
Veterans’ Day on November 11
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7

When the designated day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the POW/MIA flag will be displayed on the preceding Friday and may remain up over the weekend. Please note that the POW/MIA flag should be flown under the flag of the United States. We appreciate your efforts to appropriately recognize our Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.  
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