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POW/MIA Recognition Day

Friday, September 20, 2013

POW/MIA Recognition Day

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.

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This Day in History September 20th

Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe. (1519)

Diego de Montemayor founds the city of Monterrey in New Spain. (1596)

The finish of the Walking Purchase which forces the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony. (1737)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created. (1848)

The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII of the United Kingdom) visits the United States. (1860)

American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga ends. (1863)

Chester A. Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st President of the United States following the assassination of James Garfield. (1881)

Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile. (1893)

The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the South Africa Act 1909, creating the Union of South Africa from the British Colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal Colony. (1909)

White Star Line's RMS Olympic collides with British warship HMS Hawke. (1911)

Holocaust in Letychiv, Ukraine. In the course of two days the German SS murders at least 3,000 Jews. (1942)

James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi. (1962)

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched at John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland. It is operated by the Cunard Line. (1967)

Syrian tanks roll into Jordan in response to continued fighting between Jordan and the fedayeen. (1970)

Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific. (1971)

Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas. (1973)

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations. (1977)

The National Football League players begin a 57-day strike. (1982)

A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people. (1984)

In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror". (2001)

Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate. (2007)

A dump truck full of explosives detonates in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others. (2008)

The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time. (2011)
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    1643 days ago
  • RICKI157
    POW/MIA will be in my thoughts today. Loved the historical information!!!!!!
    1645 days ago
    Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. - Sure will.

    Thanks for the history tidbits. Just noticing a lot of death in today's events.
    1645 days ago
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