Newsweek is an empty clanging gong.
The POW/MIA movement grew out of the need to recognize those warriors who did not come home. Some were lost and their bodies were not recovered. And there was a very strong belief that some fell captive to the North Vietnamese and were held in secret after the cease fire.
Our pledge to those prisoners of war/missing in action, and to their families, was that we would never forget them. We would forever be faithful to their sacrifice and their memory.
This is commemorated in the “missing man” table at all formal military meals. It is also shown by the POW/MIA flag which flies just below the colors at many places around the country.
So the question is… how twisted do you have to be to determine that this simple black and white flag is in any way racist? I can’t even begin to see the logic.
The flag is simple. It is a silhouette of an American service member bowed in his captivity. The background shows a guard tower which represents his captivity. Below the silhouette is the statement, “You are not forgotten.” I have stood under the flag many times over the last 40 years.
At no time in that 40 years has the skin color of a GI ever passed through my mind. It is not relevant. We, all of us in uniform, remember, respect, celebrate, and hold to the memory and the spirit of all who have served and not come home.