First recognized in 1979, POW/MIA Recognition Day was created to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have either gone missing in action or who were made prisoners of war while defending our country. This day, which is celebrated on the third Friday in September, has a special significance this year as the nation has recently lost one of its most honored warriors, Senator John McCain, who was of course, once a POW himself. So, while the memory of this great man is still fresh in the mind of all those who cherish freedom and who fight for its preservation every day, we present some things everyone should know about how this important day of remembrance got started and what it means.
In 1979, Congress passed a resolution making the POW/MIA Recognition Day and official day of remembrance for Americans who have gone missing in action while fighting for our country or who were made prisoners during military conflicts. This day was first celebrated on July 18 and thereafter the date changed somewhat until 1986 when the government made the decision to have POW/MIA Recognition Day set to the third Friday the September. Though it is not recognized as a day off for many workers, ceremonies are held throughout the nation honoring this day and those who made such enormous sacrifices for the country.
There is an entire agency dedicated to providing a full accounting of military personnel missing from World War II (WWII), the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other recent conflicts – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. It seeks to help those whose lives are filled with uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones. Also, there are many POW’s from the Vietnam error in particular who survive to this day such as Texas Congressman Sam Johnson. These people endured hardship and abuse and in an attempt keep us free lost theirs for a time. For them and MIAs the phrase “You Are Not Forgotten” has been coined.
This day is just one of the many ways the country honors our brave fighting men and women. We are proud to have been established to honor veterans and have been doing so since 2002. We honor them for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our country. You can show your pride too with our American made, Marine Corps Products and USMC novelties. Wear them as you honor our brave missing and captured this September 21st.