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National POW/MIA Recognition Day is September 19, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
White House News
On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor the brave
and patriotic Americans who were held as prisoners of war, and we remember those who are still missing in action.
For their valor and selfless devotion to protect the country they love, our Nation owes them a debt we can never
fully repay. On this day we underscore our commitment and pledge to those who are still missing in action and to
their families that we will not rest until we have achieved the fullest possible accounting for every member of our
Armed Forces missing in the line of duty.
To observe this
important day, the National League of Families POW/MIA flag is flown over the Capitol, the White House, the World
War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and other locations across our
country. The flag is a solemn reminder of our Nation's enduring obligation and promise to our courageous service
members who remain missing and a tribute to those who have been imprisoned while serving their country in conflicts
around the world.
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 19, 2008, 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 for their valiant service to our Nation. 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 seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two
thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day
will be held on Friday, Sept.19, 2008. 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.
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.
William F. Mac Swain,