California Military and Veterans Code
In enacting this chapter, the Legislature recognizes all of the following:
(a) California citizens have fought for their nation in many wars.
(b) Hundreds of Californians who served in those wars were captured by the enemy or are missing in action.
(c) Two hundred forty-three Californians who served in the Vietnam War remain unaccounted for.
(d) Nine hundred family members of Vietnam era POW/MIAs reside in California.
(e) The uncertain fate of the 2,400 American citizens still held as POWs or listed as missing in action causes their families acute hardship and pain.
(a) So that the people of California will not forget the sacrifices of those members of the United States Armed Forces who, after the termination of hostilities, remain prisoners of war or are missing in action, as well as the sacrifices of missing United States nonmilitary personnel and civilians, the Governor shall annually proclaim the third Friday of September to be known as Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day.
(b) The flag of the National League of POW/MIA Families (POW/MIA Flag) is a black and white banner symbolizing those members of the United States Armed Forces who are listed as prisoners of war or missing in action. The flag serves as a powerful reminder to people everywhere of our country's firm resolve to achieve the fullest possible accounting for every member of the United States Armed Forces, and United States nonmilitary personnel and civilians. To the extent it is structurally feasible, the flag shall be flown during business hours, at locations where the United States flag and the California state flag currently fly, over all of the following places on the dates specified in subdivision (c):
(1) All California National Guard armories.
(2) Department of Veterans Affairs.
(3) Military Department.
(4) State Capitol.
(5) All of the headquarters of the following agencies in Sacramento:
(A) Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
(B) California Environmental Protection Agency.
(C) California Health and Human Services Agency.
(D) Office of Child Development and Education.
(E) Resources Agency.
(F) State and Consumer Services Agency.
(G) Youth and Adult Correctional Agency.
(c) (1) For the purpose of subdivision (b), the POW/MIA Flag shall be flown on the following dates:
(A) Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May.
(B) Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.
(C) Flag Day, June 14.
(D) Independence Day, July 4.
(E) National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the third Friday in September.
(F) Veterans Day, November 11.
(2) If June 14, July 4, or November 11 falls upon a Saturday, the flag shall be flown on the preceding Friday. If any of those dates fall upon a Sunday, the flag shall be flown on the following Monday.
(d) The flag shall be flown at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located on the grounds of the State Capitol whenever the United States flag is flown at that location.
(e) Additionally, the Governor and the Legislature are authorized and requested to issue proclamations calling upon the people, schools, and local governments of California to recognize POW/MIA Recognition Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.