The Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park is funded
solely by private donations.
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The Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park has
been built by an all-volunteer work-force who want to say "Thank You" to
our veterans. If you love our
veterans and would like to help, we can use you!
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The Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park
dedicated the POW/MIA Reflection Pond and Eternal Flame on
November 13th, 2010. The fifty foot wide by eight foot tall
black granite wall was added in May 2013. The shape of the
wall was chosen as a tribute to our national memorial. The
stone for the wall was quarried from the same location.
The remainder of the pond is
complete except for benches and memorial pavers that will be
installed in honor of those who have been a prisoner of war
or who are still missing in action.
The POW/MIA Reflection Pond and
Eternal Flame is the first of several monuments that are
planned for the east side of the park. The pond sits to the
south of The Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
This monument is made up of a large sitting area that will
be surrounded by benches, a four tier waterfall, a walkway,
a fifty foot wide pond, a black granite POW/MIA monument, an
inverted Vietnam War helmet with the eternal flame and a
cast steel POW/MIA seal generously donated by Rolling
To the right of the entrance to the
pond is a large black granite marker (made of the granite
originally ordered for the Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Wall) with an excerpt of the history of the POW / MIA flag.
of the POW/MIA Flag
In 1971, Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife
and member of the National League of Families, recognized
the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs. Prompted by an
article in the Jacksonville, Florida, TIMES-UNION, Mrs. Hoff
contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice President of Annin & Company
which had made a banner for the newest member of the United
Nations. Mrs. Hoff found Mr. Rivkees very sympathetic to the
POW/MIA issue, and he and an Annin advertising agency
employee, designed a flag to represent our missing men.
Following League approval, the flags were manufactured for
On March 9, 1989, an official League
flag that flew over the White House on National POW/MIA
Recognition Day 1988 was installed in the U.S. Capitol
Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly
during the 100th Congress. The League’s POW/MIA flag is the
only flag ever displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where
it will stand as a powerful symbol of national commitment to
America’s POW/MIAs until the fullest possible accounting has
been achieved for U.S. personnel still missing and
On August 10, 1990, the 101st
Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, which recognized
the League’s POW/MIA flag and designated it “as the symbol
of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully
as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing
The importance of the League’s
POW/MIA flag lies in its continued visibility, a constant
reminder of the plight of America’s POW/MIAs. Other than
"Old Glory", the League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever
to fly over the White House, having been displayed in this
place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since
(as of 12/20/10) there are 77 men from The State Of Ohio
that are unaccounted for, just from the Vietnam War. There
are thousands more from Korea, WW II, WW I and all of the
other wars that we have contributed to. The federal
government and several universities have set up
organizations that are working tirelessly to locate,
identify and return these brave heroes. We intend to keep
the eternal flame lit Until They All Come Home.
Flag Is Required To Fly By Law Over...
you fly the POW/MIA Flag?
- The White House
- The U.S. Capitol
- Department Of State
- Department Of
- Department Of
- The Selective
- Major Military
- Federal Cemeteries
- All U.S. Postal
- The Vietnam
- Korean War Veterans
- The WW II Memorial
Many state capitols,
organizations, schools, cities and individuals
choose to fly the POW / MIA flag year round.
However, the Defense Authorization Act of 1998
requires that the flag be flown on six specific
days each year...
- Armed Forces Day -
Third Saturday in May
- Memorial Day - Last
Monday in May
- Flag Day - June
- Independence Day -
- National POW/MIA
Recognition Day - Third Friday in September
- Veterans Day -
information concerning our POW/MIAs please visit the Defense
Prisoner Of War / Missing Personnel Office website.
Do you know a POW /
MIA? Honor them with a POW / MIA Memorial Paver that will be
placed in the walkway around the POW/MIA Reflection Pond.
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information on Memorial Pavers
of the POW/MIA REFLECTION POND
PHOTOS of the POW/MIA POND