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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Annual Leave Exchange Option

The Annual Leave Exchange Program provides an option for eligible career employees to receive a lump sum payment in exchange for a portion of the annual leave that would otherwise be advanced at the beginning of the 2008 leave year.

Note: Annual leave earned and accumulated through the 2007 leave year, which ends January 4, 2008, cannot be exchanged for cash.

Eligible Employees

Employees eligible for the Annual Leave Exchange Program include the following:

PostalEASE Elections

Employees who meet the eligibility criteria and want to exercise this option must use PostalEASE to make elections. For the election to be considered timely, employees must complete their entries in PostalEASE by 11:59 p.m., Central Time, December 15, 2007.

Employees who are unable to use PostalEASE to complete their elections should contact the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) for assistance before December 15, 2007, at 877-477-3273, option 5, Benefits.

Forms will not be distributed for this election period.

Payment by Lump Sum

Payment under the Annual Leave Exchange Program will be a lump sum calculated on the employee’s base salary as of the first day of the 2008 leave year (January 5, 2008). Paychecks dated January 25, 2008, will include the 2008 lump sum payment.

Letter Soon to Be Mailed to Eligible Employees

The Eagan Accounting Service Center (ASC) will mail a letter providing details of the eligibility criteria and instructions for using PostalEASE to make annual leave exchange elections to eligible employees at their address of record during November 2007. Undeliverable letters will be returned to the employing office of record. When an office receives a returned letter, the office should encourage the employee to update his or her address. Employees with access to Employee Change of Address on the Postal Service™ Intranet (Blue page) or to an employee self-service kiosk should use those entry methods. Other employees should submit an updated PS Form 1216, Employee’s Current Mailing Address, to the HRSSC.

Please Post on All Bulletin Boards Through December 15, 2007.

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Missing Children Posters

October 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.


Kevin Anderson

Heidi Barragan

Jaki Bell

Name: Kevin Anderson

Age progressed to 5 years

Born: 7-8-01

Date Missing: 3-31-04

Missing From: N Hollywood, CA

Name: Heidi Barragan

Born: 2-18-01

Date Missing: 3-24-07

Missing From: Inglewood, CA

Name: Jaki Bell

Born: 3-20-06

Date Missing: 10-3-07

Missing From: Morrow, GA


Brianna Bryant

Natasha Corley

Name: Brianna Bryant

Born: 1-29-02

Date Missing: 6-15-05

Missing From: Corryton, TN

Name: Natasha Corley

Born: 5-1-05

Date Missing: 8-28-06

Missing From: Scottsdale, AZ


Ramon Delgadillo Godinez

Trenton Duckett

Name: Ramon Delgadillo

Born: 4-11-00

Date Missing: 12-30-06

Missing From: Esparto, CA

Name: Trenton Duckett

Born: 8-10-04

Date Missing: 8-27-06

Missing From: Leesburg, FL


Jorge Jamodre

Daniel Jones

Name: Jorge Jamodre

Born: 8-20-02

Date Missing: 7-27-06

Missing From: St. Petersburg,

Name: Daniel Jones

Born: 2-3-05

Date Missing: 9-25-07

Missing From: Key West, FL


Sara Lazo

Fanny Narvaez

Name: Sara Lazo

Born: 9-12-02

Date Missing: 5-24-07

Missing From: Las Vegas, NV

Name: Fanny Narvaez

Born: 4-22-02

Date Missing: 8-2-07

Missing From: Apopka, FL


Sarah Pineda

Brandon Simon

Name: Sarah Pineda

Born: 9-6-05

Date Missing: 12-30-06

Missing From: Revere, MA

Name: Brandon Simon

Born: 4-22-03

Date Missing: 9-7-06

Missing From: Orlando, FL

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).