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POW/MIA Recognition

09/20/2012 - To honor the sacrifice of service members who were prisoners of war or are still missing in action, observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, traditionally observed on the third Friday in September, are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day in United States
The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

What do people do?

Many Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.

Veteran rallies take place in many states, such as Wisconsin, in the United States on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and those missing in action. National POW/MIA Recognition Day posters are also displayed at college or university campuses and public buildings to promote the day. Remembrance ceremonies and other events to observe the day are also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums.

Public life

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.

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Visit the JPAC - Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command For Much More Information and Backround

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Sgt Bowe R. Bergdahl 23 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Ketchum, Idaho Captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. The Pentagon declared him Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on July 1 and his status was changed to Missing-Captured on July 3.

Originally posted to DKos Military Veterans on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 05:13 AM PDT.

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