National POW MIA Recognition Day. A day set aside each year to recognize all those who were or are a Prisoner of War (POW) and all of those that are still missing in action (MIA).
Last year, 2018, was the 20th Anniversary!
This day is observed the third Friday in September of each year. The purpose of National POW MIA Recognition Day is to recognize all those who were prisoners of war and all of those that are still missing in action. Started in 1998 by the Defense Authorization Act. We shouldn’t need a day set aside to recognize these men and women. We should be able to thank all the men and women we see who have served our country in some aspect. I make it a point when I see a veteran with his or her hat on, to thank them for their service. (Showing Military Appreciation)
The President issued 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. (see dates below) 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.
May God be with our country and our many men and woman in our armed forces. Not to mention, Lord, please be with all of our prisoners of war and our missing in action men and women too. Please keep these men and women in your prayers. Check out this idea to help remind you to pray for them. It’s called take home a solider.
- September 20, 2019
- 2020 – September 18
- 2021 – September 17
- 2022 – September 16
- 2023 – September 15
First published September 18, 2018. Last updated or republished September 19, 2019.