(Click to enlarge)
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is September 21, 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
White House News
America has been blessed by the brave men and women of
our Armed Forces who have answered the call to defend our country and protect liberty around the world. On National
POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor a special group of patriots: those who have been prisoners of war and those who
are still missing in action. We remain forever in their debt, and we renew our commitment to them and to their
families never to rest until we have accounted for every missing service member.
To commemorate this day, the National League of Families
POW/MIA flag is flown over the White House, the Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans
Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and other locations across our country. This flag is an enduring symbol that
reflects our solemn commitment to our courageous service members who have been imprisoned while serving in conflicts
around the world and to those who remain missing. America will always remember these heroes, and we underscore our
pledge to achieve the fullest possible accounting for every missing member of our Armed Forces.
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 Friday, September 21, 2007, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. I call upon the people of the
United States to join me in honoring and remembering all former American prisoners of war and those missing in
action who valiantly served our great country. I also 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
twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day
will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007. This ceremony will feature troops from each of the military services. The
president will issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who
have sacrificed so much for their country.
Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held
across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. This
observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of
Families' POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical
facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official
offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and
the White House.
Louis T. Dechert,
Chairman of the Board