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NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY

NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually on the third Friday in September.

Every year since 1989 by presidential proclamation, The United States remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. We are reminded as a nation to rededicate our efforts to bring our patriots home and to care for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.

The POW/MIA Flag is flown this day over the Capitol, the White House, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, of the Selective Service System, and on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, every post office and all VA Medical Centers and national cemeteries.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Recognize the men and women who are POW and MIA. Use #POWMIARecognitionDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established by an Act of Congress with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act.  This day is one of the six days that Federal Law requires the POW/MIA Flag be flown at all places designated by the U.S, Secretary of Defense. 

 
DATES
September 15, 2017
September 21, 2018
September 20, 2019
September 18, 2020
September 17, 2021
September 16, 2022