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

U.S. Flag at Half-Staff

How to Display

American FlagDisplaying 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:

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.


How to Display

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

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:

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):

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Missing Children Posters

April 2007

Have You Seen Any of These Missing Children?

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


Joseph Brasil

Melissa Campos

Amber Carlton

Name: Joseph Brasil

Born: 7-14-90

Date Missing: 9-12-05

Missing From: Sanger, CA

Name: Melissa Campos

Born: 9-13-92

Date Missing: 1-23-06

Missing From: Tyler, TX

Name: Amber Carlton

Born: 11-5-00

Date Missing: 4-1-04

Missing From: Bay Minette, AL

Kayleigh Chandler

Michael Chandler

Jessica Currin

Name: Kayleigh Chandler

Born: 1-7-95

Date Missing: 12-16-05

Missing From: Quitman, MS

Name: Michael Chandler

Born: 10-16-97

Date Missing: 12-16-05

Missing From: Quitman, MS

Name: Jessica Currin

Born: 10-12-90

Date Missing: 2-8-05

Missing From: Hamburg, PA

Melissa Deaton

Maria Dominguez

Analyce Guerra

Name: Melissa Deaton

Born: 8-21-90

Date Missing: 10-25-05

Missing From: Sanford, NC

Name: Maria Dominguez

Born: 2-21-92

Date Missing: 2-27-06

Missing From: Winston Salem, NC

Name: Analyce Guerra

Born: 12-21-03

Date Missing: 4-23-06

Missing From: Smyrna, TN

Kendrick Jackson

Christina Lewis

Marla Owen

Name: Kendrick Jackson

Born: 3-16-03

Date Missing: 4-7-06

Missing From: Houston, TX

Name: Christina Lewis

Age progressed to 23 years

Born: 7-9-83

Date Missing: 6-20-00

Missing From: New Bern, NC

Name: Marla Owen

Born: 6-5-91

Date Missing: 5-10-06

Missing From: Long Beach, CA

Esmeralda Salazar-Penaloza

Nicholas Santin

Perla Teran

Name: Esmeralda Salazar-

Born: 8-8-92

Date Missing: 2-24-06

Missing From: Oregon City, OR

Name: Nicolas Santin

Born: 3-15-93

Date Missing: 12-17-05

Missing From: Steelton, PA

Name: Perla Teran

Born: 7-18-90

Date Missing: 8-23-05

Missing From: Edinburg, TX


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

Post Offices, classified stations, branches, and contract postal units may display this poster at their option. If the poster is displayed, it should be placed on the community bulletin board located in the Post Office™ box lobby and not in the main retail (full service) lobby. Alternatively, Missing Children posters can be maintained in a binder behind the counter to be used as a reference guide. The posters also may be posted in a prominent location where letter carriers will be able to see them before or after they go out of their routes. Making this information available to letter carriers is consistent with the NALC/USPS Child Alert Program to facilitate identification of missing children.

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 periodically. Notification of newly reported missing children is sent to designated district “Missing Children” coordinators via e–mail addresses provided by district managers. Within 24 hours of receipt of an e-mailed Missing Children poster, district coordinators should distribute copies to all Postal Service™ facilities in their districts. Missing Children posters are to be displayed as noted above for 30 days unless notification is received (from NCMEC) to remove a particular poster sooner. The e-mail network is used to distribute posters and information in only the most urgent cases of missing 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).