POW/MIA flag request gets second look

Flying the POW/MIA flag on county property is getting a second look by the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.

Hardy resident Salvatore Monastra approached the Franklin County Board of Supervisors last year requesting the board pass a resolution to fly the POW/MIA flag beneath American flags on county poles, according to minutes from a July 2018 meeting. In April 2019, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors authorized moving forward with a similar appeal made by Monastra.

Monastra is a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

“Look at Arlington Cemetery,” Monastra said. “These are people who died and never came home. These are neighbors. They’re aunts, fathers, sons. These are people who died for this country.”

Flying the POW/MIA flag at Franklin County facilities initially appeared to be a lost cause. A March 22 letter signed by Cline Brubaker, chairman of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, thanked Monastra for his service and said the flying of the POW/MIA flag was discussed with the county’s legal counsel.

“Upon review, we understand entertaining such a request may obligate the County to fly or display other flags in the future representing causes that may not align or properly represent our community,” the letter states.

-For more information, see the July 17 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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