All those who fought and served their country when they received
the call, were men and women of courage, judgment, integrity and
dedication. Where does dedication end? You can never put an end to
dedication. After all, those who remain Prisoners of War or are still
Missing in Action are still serving with never ending dedication. For
them, it can never be over. For us, we can never let their sacrifices,
or them, be forgotten.
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. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and MIAs.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance. At present, there are more than 83,000 Americans who remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts.
Every third Friday in September, our Honor Guard attends the National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the City of Greenfield Central Park, 7200 Greenfield Road. This ceremony starts at 5:30pm and is open to all to attend.