Day of Honor and Rememberance and Honor for POW/MIA
Even if you are not able to attend this ceremony at Fort Polk, please keep these men and women as well as their families in your hearts and prayers.
From the Fort Polk official press release:
The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk hosts a
POW/MIA ceremony Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at Warrior Memorial Park. The
ceremony culminates with a motorcycle ride with the Combat Veterans
Motorcycle Association in lead.
Each year, the President issues a proclamation asking Americans to recognize
the nation's service members who were held prisoner or are still missing,
and their families. Traditionally, the recognition is held the third Friday
As a result of resolutions passed in Congress, the first official
commemoration of POW/MIAs was in 1979, when the first national ceremony was
held. The observance is one of six days of the year that Congress has
mandated flying of the POW/MIA flag, created by the National League of
Families, at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post
offices, Veterans Affairs medical facilities, the World War II Memorial,
Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the offices of
the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the
selective service system and the White House.
The Department of Defense has more than 600 people dedicated to the
worldwide mission of accounting for the more than 83,000 missing service
members from conflicts as far back as World War II.