Link to contents

Displaying the U.S. Flag and the POW-MIA Flag

U.S. Flag at Half-Staff
U.S. flag.

How to Display

Displaying the U.S. flag at half-staff means lowering the flag to half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.

Specific Dates

Display the U.S. flag at half-staff on the following days each year:

• May 15: Peace Officers Memorial Day (see note 1 below).

• Last Monday in May: Memorial Day Observed (see note 2 below).

• December 7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Note 1: When May 15, which is the date for Peace Officers Memorial Day, falls on the third Saturday in May, which is the date for Armed Forces Day, display the U.S. flag in the full-staff position, not at half-staff.

Note 2: On the last Monday in May, when Memorial Day is observed, display the flag at half-staff from sunrise, or the hour at which you raise it, until 12 noon, and then hoist it to the peak of the staff, until the time of closing or no later than sunset.

POW-MIA flag.

How to Display

In relation to the U.S. flag, display the POW-MIA flag (and any other flag) as follows:

• If displayed on the same flagstaff, place it below the U.S. flag.

• If displayed on a separate flagstaff, place it at the same level or lower. If displayed at the same level, place it on the U.S. flag's left.

When flying the U.S. flag at half-staff, fly the POW-MIA flag (and any other flags) at half-staff also.

Specific Dates

Display the POW-MIA flag on the following days each year:

• Armed Forces Day: Third Saturday in May.

• Memorial Day: Last Monday in May.

• Flag Day: June 14.

• Independence Day: July 4.

• National POW-MIA Recognition Day: Third Friday in September.

• Veterans Day: November 11.

If any of these days fall on a nonbusiness day, display the POW-MIA flag on the last business day before the designated day.

For more detailed information about flying the U.S. flag and the POW-MIA flag,
see the following parts in the Administrative Support Manual (ASM):

ASM 472, U.S. Flag Display.

ASM 476, POW-MIA Flag Display.

— Communication Integration, Public Affairs and Communications, 6-8-06



June 2006

Have You Seen Any of These Missing Children?

Please participate in the NALC/USPS Child Alert Program. Print out this page and carry it with you. If you have information on any of these missing persons, tell your Postal ServiceTM

Missing Children Posters

poster 1 of 5

poster 2 of 5

poster 3 of 5

poster 4 of 5

poster 5 of 5


Please call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Hot Line 1-800-843-5678
TDD 1-800-826-7653

Missing Children Poster Display Instructions

Please display this poster prominently on bulletin boards in retail lobbies of main Post OfficesTM, classified stations, and branches. Operators of contract postal units may display this poster at their option.

Companion posters, authorized for display on bulletin boards maintained by employee organizations, appear periodically in The Postal Record, a publication for members of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

This poster is published in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the United States Department of Justice, and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Information appearing on this poster is selected solely by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

In addition to Postal Bulletin updates, NCMEC distributes information via broadcast fax. Notification of newly reported missing children is sent to designated district "Missing Children" coordinators at fax numbers provided by district managers. Within 24 hours of receipt of a facsimile Missing Children poster, district coordinators should distribute copies to all Postal ServiceTM facilities in their districts. Missing Children posters are to be displayed for 30 days in Post Office lobbies, workroom floor areas, and other Postal Service facilities, unless notification is received (from NCMEC) to remove a particular poster sooner. The broadcast fax network is used to distribute posters and information in only the most urgent cases of missing and exploited children. This system supplements, but does not replace, the missing children information in this Postal Bulletin.

Missing Children posters are available to the U.S. Postal Service only as described above. If Postal Service employees are contacted by individuals or local agencies about displaying a sign or poster of a missing child in local Post Offices, the individual or agency should be politely informed that the U.S. Postal Service displays only those posters provided by NCMEC, because it has been designated by the U.S. Department of Justice to be the national clearinghouse and resource center for missing and exploited children. The individual or agency should then be referred to NCMEC at 800-843-5678.

If you have any information, or for free prevention tips, please call 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).