Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. 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. This day is set aside to honor those who remain missing and those who suffered starvation, isolation, fear and uncertainty during wartime captivity. The day is observed on the third Friday of September on military installations, ships at sea, at state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities.
Please take a moment to reflect on the continuing efforts to bring home the more than 83,000 Americans who are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the Gulf War conflicts. For more information, go to the Department of Defense, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office ( www.dtic.mil/dpmo/).
Steven Whitney, commander, American Legion Post 491, Ceres