National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
Name: 2018 National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM HST
Place: National Cemetery of the Pacific
2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
Americans pause on this special day to remember and acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of U.S. military personnel who, in heeding our Nation’s call to arms, forfeited their individual freedoms as prisoners of war, or lost their lives and remain missing.
The ceremony recognizes the sacrifices of our prisoners of war and missing personnel, and their families, as well as DPAA’s commitment to account for those still missing.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In 1998, the National Defense Authorization Act further strengthened the importance of the day by officially designating it as one of the six days per year that the POW/MIA flag is required to be flown at designated federal government locations.
A national-level ceremony is held on every National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Traditionally held at the Pentagon, it features members from each branch of military service and participation from high-ranking officials. In addition to the national-level ceremony, observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the globe on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities.
No matter where they are held, these National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.
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