National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2018 in the United States of America
What Do People Do?
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.
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.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.
is 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defense Department's POW/MIA
Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, as of April
2009. The number of United States personnel accounted for since the end
of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 841. About 90 percent of the 1,741 people
still missing were lost in Vietnam or areas of Laos and Cambodia under
Vietnam's wartime control, according to the National League of Families
website (cited in the United States Army website).
United States Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA
Recognition Day to be observed on July 18, 1979. It was observed on the
same date in 1980 and was held on July 17 in 1981 and 1982. It was then
observed on April 9 in 1983 and July 20 in 1984. The event was observed
on July 19 in 1985, and then from 1986 onwards, the date moved to the
third Friday of September. The United States president each year
proclaims National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Many states in the USA also
proclaim POW/MIA Recognition Day together with the national effort.
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. Newt Heisley designed the flag. The
flag’s design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on
Mr. Heisley’s son, who was medically discharged from the military. As
Mr. Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined
what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He
then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag's design was
created in his mind.
flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a
watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White
letters "POW” and "MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are
typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above
the motto "You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.
The flag can also be displayed on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
The flag can be displayed at the Capitol, the White House, the Korean
War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, national
cemeteries, various government buildings, and major military