The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September. This day is meant to honor and remember American soldiers who were prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA) during their service to the nation.
More than 83,000 members of American military personnel from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War are still unaccounted for.
The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office works tirelessly every day to account for American service members who went missing during wartime efforts. Performing work that “requires expertise in archival research, intelligence collection and analysis, field investigations and recoveries, and scientific analysis,”according to their website, the DPMO strives every day to uncover these missing veterans.
To find more information about DPMO and find the list of Recently Accounted-For Veterans, visit their website today.
The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. The phrase ‘You Are Never Forgotten’ is emblazoned on the flag and stands as a visible testament of the vow of the American people, to always remember the sacrifices and losses that have been made to earn our freedom.