May 13, 2019

Released by Hali Rowland

MANHATTAN, KAN. –  On Monday, May 13, 2019, the Riley County Police Department raised the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag at its law enforcement center in honor of all American prisoners of war and to pay tribute to those who never returned from the battlefield to their families.

“I hope the POW/MIA flag flying in front of the Law Enforcement Center will provide our citizens and employees with a daily reminder of the incredible sacrifice made by members of our military," Director Dennis Butler said.

Riley County was designated as a POW/MIA county by the Jefferson Barracks Museum in Missouri in an effort to raise awareness of unaccounted soldiers or those still missing in action. RCPD will help to raise awareness by flying the flag and educating citizens on what it represents.

"Fort Riley is an integral part of this community and contributes to the safety of our entire nation,” Director Butler said. “It is only fitting that those who have not returned home during their service to our country be remembered. 

More than 82,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. 

Riley County is the first county in Kansas to receive the designation.