The United States National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of honor for service members unaccounted for and/or missing in America’s wars. The first commemoration of this day was held July 18, 1979, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
In honor of this day, ceremonies are held from coast to coast and around the world at military installations, national veteran/civic organizations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools, churches, police departments, and fire departments.
An amazing way to remember the POW/MIA is by the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. This flag symbolizes the United States determination to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. Newt Heisley designed the flag which he sketched while remembering the face of his malnourished son who appeared sickly after an illness that he had contracted before returning from basic training. Heisley’s son Jeffrey, was a 24-year-old member of the United States Marine Corps. These memories made him imagine what life was like for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores.
The flag features a black silhouette of a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire within a white disk in contrast to the black surroundings. The white letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white and it is capital letters.
So in HONOR of ALL POW/MIA’s let us make sure that these soldier’s families know their sacrifice is not forgotten, and one way to do that is by putting a POW/MIA patch on your clothing, gear, or other accessories.