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POW/MIA Recognition Day

Friday, September 21, 2012

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When : Third Friday of September

POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.

The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.

Did you know? Federal law requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on the following days:

Armed Forces Day, May 16
Memorial Day, May 25
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
POW/MIA Day, 3rd Friday of September
Veterans Day, Nov. 11
You will also notice the POW/MIA flag flown at all US Post office buildings, Veterans Administration, military memorial facilities, and many U.S. government buildings.

Please take a few moments today, to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war. Attend a ceremony in your area. Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. Also, write to your senators and congressman to urge continued and increased effort towards bringing every service man and woman home.

More Information: History of POW/MIA Flag
www.united-states-flag.c
om/history-pow-mia-flag.html


Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
www.dtic.mil/dpmo/
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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/22/2012 2:26AM

    Thanks for letting us know!
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CHRIS3874 9/22/2012 1:16AM

    Its tragic to think of the poor soldiers that never made it home. I had 2 uncles in WW 2 and knew a guy who was in the Vietnam War- he claimed he was in MACV SOG.

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NAVYMOM41 9/21/2012 10:49PM

    They will never be forgotten. God Bless all our armed forces members.

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PICKIE98 9/21/2012 5:42PM

    I pray for them every day: the found and the lost.. they are all our hero-angels.

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HANSBRINK 9/21/2012 5:30PM

  Amen!
And Thank You.

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THINAGIN2 9/21/2012 3:44PM

    A worthy day to remember! Thanks for the information!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/21/2012 8:04AM

  thank you for the reminder

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