HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Holyoke has started a new, very visible tribute to all veterans and prisoners of war.
The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag was raised just beneath the American flag in front of Holyoke City Hall Friday night.
25 years ago, Congress authorized the POW/MIA flag to be flown beneath “Old Glory” on the same flag pole. It’s meant to be a tribute, and a symbol of the nation’s concern and commitment for all Americans still missing, prisoner and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.
The gesture carries great meaning for Holyoke veteran Jordan Lemieux, who served in the Air Force in Panama in 1970’s. “It’s huge to show that Holyoke still supports the over 80,000 that are still missing and some that are still being held captive,” Lemieux told 22News. “Just this past week, some remains from veterans from World War Two were returned. So until they’re all returned, we’re going to fly the flag.”
The Purple Heart flag was raised simultaneously in front of Holyoke City Hall in recognition of August being “Purple Heart Month.”
Holyoke VFW Post 801 donated the POW/MIA flag.