National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, April 9, 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

For Immediate Release - Office of the Press Secretary - April 5, 2007

The men and women of the United States Armed Forces have made great sacrifices to defend our Nation. They have triumphed over brutal enemies, liberated continents, and answered the prayers of millions around the globe. On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor the brave individuals who put service above self and were taken captive while protecting America and advancing the cause of freedom.

Throughout our Nation's conflicts, American prisoners of war have defied ruthless enemies and endured tremendous hardships as they braved captivity. Their strength showed the power and resilience of the American spirit and the indomitable character of our men and women in uniform. Their sacrifices are a great example of courage, devotion, and love of country.

Our Nation's former prisoners of war have helped secure the priceless gift of freedom for all our citizens, and we will always be grateful to them and their families. On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day and throughout the year, we honor the American heroes who have been taken as prisoners of war and remember their legacy of bravery and selflessness.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2007, as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in honoring the service and sacrifices of all American prisoners of war. I call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.


Statement by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson on
National POW Recognition Day, April 9

WASHINGTON – On Monday, April 9, Americans will have the opportunity to show their respect and appreciation for an elite group of their fellow citizens -- the more than 29,000 men and women veterans who, while serving our nation, became prisoners of war (POWs).

Perhaps no group has endured privation, fear, hardship and brutality as much as this special band of brothers and sisters. In remote outposts, often alone and in physical conditions defying description, they showed all of us the true meaning of devotion to duty, love of country, courage and the indomitable spirit.

This year, on National POW Recognition Day, I call upon my fellow citizens to offer respect and gratitude, each in his or her own way, for the sacrifices of our POWs. And let us recommit ourselves to that same spirit -- and appreciation of liberty -- that they showed during the dark hours of their captivity.

(Posted 4/8/07)