POW/MIA flag flies at Viera High and other schools

Viera High School was the first high school in Brevard to receive a flag.

A POW/MIA flag now flies out front at Viera High School along with the Stars and Stripes.

Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 1 — a veterans advocacy group whose members are united in the cause for full accountability of POW/MIA, along with JROTC members — recently raised the flag during a ceremony at Viera High School.

Designed in the early 1970s, the POW/MIA flag was part of a national movement by families during the Vietnam War to resolve the fates of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

“This is a sight to behold,” said Bob Ericson, chairman of the board of directors of Rolling Thunder Chapter 1. “Everybody that drives down this road will glance over at this school like they always do. And they’ll see that flag, and hopefully, it will create some conversation.”

In partnership with Brevard Public Schools, Rolling Thunder has committed to raising a POW/MIA flag at every school in the county by next year. Viera High School is the first high school in Brevard to receive a flag.