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by Joseph McMillan
image by Roberto Breschi
ISO Code: UM-71
ISO 3166-3 Code: MIUM
FIPS 10-4 Code: MQ
MARC Code: xf
IOC Code: Not Applicable
Status: unincorporated territory of the United States
The top blue is sky blue, the thin stripe is white for the beach and the
turquoise (greenish blue) bottom stripe is for the color of the surrounding
ocean. The bird, a Laysan Albatross, is white and black. The flag will first
be displayed this coming May 29th. It was designed for the Memorial Day 2000
event being held at the USS Arizona. The flag was designed by the
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge staff with assistance of a National Park
Service employee. As a number of people have pointed out there is no official
documentation of sources and I believe this flag has no official status, other
than that it will be used to represent Midway Island in a Memorial Day
ceremony. To me the flag has the same status as a small US city's flag - it is
accepted as the flag by the inhabitants even though the federal government
hasn't given the flag official status. The flag used on the 29th will be 3:5
John Niggley, 20 and 25 April 2000
The flag is described in NAVA News, 33, 1, 2000 and 208, 2010.
Esteban Rivera, 5 March 2018
Claimed by the US in 1867 under the Guano Act. A U.S. Navy
installation until recent years. Administered by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Department of Interior.
Phil Nelson, 25 April 2000
This information is provided for historical purposes.
According to the CIA World Factbook:
Midway Islands - 5.2 sq. km., 450 inhabitants - US military personnel; airfield and cable-station; Unincorporated territory of the US administered by the US Navy, under Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific Division; this facility has been operationally closed since 10 September 1993 and is currently being transferred from Pacific Fleet to Naval Facilities Engineering Command via a Memorandum of Understanding.Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2000
According to one internet site, there are some permanent inhabitants
in Midway Islands. I have picked the following text from the same site:
"Current permanent island population totals approximately 150.
Guests visiting the Islands are limited to 100 at a time."
I don't know whether this can be classified as a permanent
population. When the US Navy closed its facilities at Midway Island, the
island was transferred to the Department of the Interior. Because of the
cost of maintaining a protected area so far from the shores, it leased
to a private company the right to operate a hotel facility which allows
people to view the wildlife in the area as well as the historic sites on
the island. Under the contract, the hotel employees and Interior
Department employees cannot exceed 150 in number, and the total number
of tourists 100. If I recall correctly, the accommodations are former
military housing units.