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National POW/MIA Recognition Day is September 20, 2013
NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY, 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Our country endures because in every generation, courageous Americans answer the call
to serve in our Armed Forces. They represent the very best of the human spirit, stand tall for the values and freedoms we cherish, and uphold
peace and security at home and around the globe. Today, we pay tribute to the service members who have not returned from the battlefield,
we stand beside their families, and we honor those who are held captive as prisoners of war. We will never forget their sacrifice, nor will
we ever abandon our responsibility to do everything in our power to bring them home.
America remains steadfast in our determination to recover our missing patriots. Our
work is not finished until our heroes are returned safely to our shores or a full accounting is provided to their loved ones. We must care
for the men and women who have served so selflessly in our name, and we must carry forward the legacy of those whose fates are still unknown.
Today, and every day, we express our profound appreciation to our service members, our veterans, our military families, and all those who
placed themselves in harm's way to sustain the virtues that are the hallmarks of our Union.
On September 20, 2013, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America's Missing
in Action and Prisoners of War will be flown over the White House; the United States Capitol; the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans
Affairs; the Selective Service System Headquarters; the World War II Memorial; the Korean War Veterans Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial;
United States post offices; national cemeteries; and other locations across our country. We raise this flag as a solemn reminder of our obligation
to always remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue
of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 20, 2013, as National POW/MIA
Recognition Day. I urge all Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of September, in
the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
The President issues 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. It is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September
each year. 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.
National President, KWVA/US
(First Posted 9/7/08, updated 9/20/13)