Some veterans in the South Bay are claiming victory after spending months fighting to have a special symbol displayed at San Jose City Hall year round.
Starting in September, city hall will fly a flag honoring soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. For years the POW/MIA flag was flown only on certain days.
"It looks very nice," United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County President Francis McVey said of the flag set to fly at city hall. "Been a long time coming and we're pleased to see it."
San Jose City Hall currently flies the United States flag, the California flag and the city flag. A fourth flag that changes for special ceremonies also is up at San Jose City Hall.
McVey and other veterans have spent the last few months working to convince city officials to allow the POW/MIA flag to fly beneath the American flag at city hall.
The city listened and responded. Councilwoman Rose Herrera, also a veteran, was in favor of the proposal.
"This puts it front and center on our mind 365 days a year," Herrera said. Because those who served did not do it one or two days, five times annually. It's 365 days."