First MIA Flag and Flag Pole - Harriman, New York
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
N 41° 18.581 W 074° 09.006
18T E 571142 N 4573483
Quick Description: Located within the triangle green space at the intersection of Main, Grove and Church Streets.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 10/28/2020 9:15:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM13AXV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TitusLlewelyn
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Long Description:
At this location is three flagpoles which are displaying three flags: The United States of America, State of New York and the POW/MIA flag. This location is where the POW/MIA flag first too flight in an official manner. At the base of the POW/MIA flag is a plaque with the letter written to the President and Congress of the United States of America. Also within this memorial green is a time capsule placed for the Bicentennial in 1976.

Plaque Text:
Mulligan-Eden Post 1573
American Legion
Harriman, New York
October 6, 1974
Whereas, The Congress and the President of the United States of America have apparently become lax and disinterested in the M.I.A.'s of this nation and in compelling North Vietnam to comply with the Paris Peace Accord; and
Whereas, the Congress and the President have found it more pressing to involve themselves in the internal affairs of other nations while our pleas for action pass unresolved, with their interest now being the question of amnesty for the evader and the deserter; now therefore, be it.
Resolved, by Post No. 1573 The American Legion, Department of New York, at Harriman, New York, on October 6, 1974, that we petition the Orange County Committee of The American Legion, Department of New York, to in each town where a Legion Post exist, dedicate one flagpole, in a prominent location to carry a banner dedicated to this nations M.I.A.'s, and be it.
Further Resolved, that this banner placed to show the populace of our towns and our political representatives to congress that we shall not forget these 1500 men or their families, and be it. Further resolved, that no group, organization or individual remove this banner for any reason what-so-ever, that its removal shall be made only by the swift and just action of the Congress and President of the United States, and be it.
Finally resolved, that should this banner be left to fly so long that it becomes tattered and frayed, so shall our respect and faith in our governmental leadership.
Thomas Busching

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