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Families of POW/MIA urging Savannah to fly their flag year-round

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Veteran's Day ceremonies are underway as we honor our the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.

Some of them have never been found. The National League of POW/MIA Families has asked Savannah City Council to fly the POW/MIA flag everyday, 24-7, like Atlanta, Macon and other cities across Georgia and the nation do.

The response, they say, from city leaders was not what they expected.

The POW/MIA flag, representing 85,000 missing men and women and prisoners of war, flies high above Savannah City Hall.

Tuesday, as standard procedure, it will come down.

"They will not be forgotten, and this flag symbolizes that," Susie Harvey told WTOC.

Susie and her husband, Vietnam veteran Alan Harvey, want to see the flag fly high 365 days a year and not just six days a year.

"It's just a reminder freedom isn't free," Harvey said.

Savannah alone has five soldiers from this city who were missing in action, but the remains of two were found and "Repatriotized."

Three soldiers from Savannah are still missing in action.

For the Harvey's, and others, her dedication to the mission of the POW/MIA remembrance hits home with one name, her brother-in-law's. 

"Green Beret Stephen Jonathan Geist," she said. "There is no information and there has been no recovery."

Last week, along with many veterans, the Harvey's spoke to Savannah City Council expecting a quick decision and approval for the flag to be fly all the time.

The reception they actually received surprised her.

"It was mixed, sadly. There were several there who were right on board with it and then there were those who seemed like they didn't care nor were they interested," Harvey said.

"Oh, we are definitely taking a look at it," Mayor Edna Jackson told WTOC.

Mayor Jackson met with the Harvey's, Doug Andrews and other members of the POW/MIA Incorporated in June and requested more information which they delivered at the meeting last week.

"In the very near future I am sure we will make a decision," Mayor Jackson said.

Harvey fears some on council may oppose the idea which a misconception it only represents a few people associated with the Vietnam conflict. She emphasizes, more than 85,0000 men and women are document missing in action or a prisoner of war from 2004 all the way back to World War II.

"Dying for freedom isn't the worst to happen. Being forgotten is," she said. "Let's not forget them."

Mayor Jackson tells WTOC council will take the information given last week and make a decision on the POW/MIA flag at city hall, possibly before the end of the year.

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