POW/MIA flag now on display at state buildings across Maryland

Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 17:55:21-04

The Maryland Department of General Services raised its POW/MIA flag on Monday morning. 

This comes after a law that was recently passed, mandating the POW/MIA flag must be on all grounds of all state buildings wherever the U.S. flag is flown. 

"We must always remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces," said DGS Secretary Ellington Churchill. "Flying the POW/MIA flag with the U.S. flag honors service members who were prisoners of war (POW), service members missing in action (MIA), and their families and reminds us of the American values for which they fought."

There are seven buildings in Annapolis with the flags:

  • Hall of Records (MD State Archives)
  • Lowe House Office Building
  • Robert F. Sweeney District Court building
  • J. Millard Tawes State Office building
  • Louis L. Goldstein Treasury building
  • 100 Community Place (Crownsville)
  • 50 Community Place (Crownsville). 

In Baltimore City, there are four buildings that will now have the flags:

  • State Center (301 W. Preston Street)
  • 2100 Guildford Avenue State Office Building
  • Jessup State Complex
  • Nancy S. Grasmick State Education building 

There are also a number of multi-service centers across the state in areas such as Bel Air, Catonsville, Centreville, Denton, Ellicott City, Elkton, Essex, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Prince Frederick, Salisbury, Silver Spring, South Baltimore, Wabash, and Westminster. 

The law excludes the State House or a state building that is historic, or has a flagpole attached to the building and is structurally unable to withstand additional flags.