National Prisoner of War / Missing in Action Day Proclamations
- We join President Bush and Governor Schwarzenegger honoring and remembering all former and current American prisoners of war and those missing in action for their valiant service to our Nation. They have our deepest gratitude. Their indescribable dedication to our country speaks of their character, valor and patriotism.Phelps HobartVice President - Veterans AffairsPacific Central Region, NLUS________________________________
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 17, 2008
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor the brave and patriotic Americans who were held as prisoners of war, and we remember those who are still missing in action. For their valor and selfless devotion to protect the country they love, our Nation owes them a debt we can never fully repay. On this day we underscore our commitment and pledge to those who are still missing in action and to their families that we will not rest until we have achieved the fullest possible accounting for every member of our Armed Forces missing in the line of duty.
To observe this important day, the National League of Families POW/MIA flag is flown over the Capitol, the White House, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and other locations across our country. The flag is a solemn reminder of our Nation's enduring obligation and promise to our courageous service members who remain missing and a tribute to those who have been imprisoned while serving their country in conflicts around the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 19, 2008, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in honoring and remembering all former American prisoners of war and those missing in action for their valiant service to our Nation. I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
# # #http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/20080917-4.html________________________________----- Original Message -----From: News For VeteransSent: Friday, September 19, 2008 5:12 PMSubject: CalVet VN Gov POW MIA Recognition Day Proc 2008________________________________
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Contact: JP Tremblay
Legislation and Public Affairs
Governor Schwarzenegger has issued a POW/MIA Recognition Day proclamation for September 19, 2008. The following is a small section of the proclamation.
The strength and resiliency demonstrated by these courageous troops are an inspiration to all Californians. Only they know the depths of the suffering they endured for the sake of our nation and allies, and they and their loved ones who suffered with them have our deepest gratitude. Their indescribable dedication to our country speaks loudly of their character, valor and patriotism.
I call on all Californians to remember the sacrifices endured by Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action, said Tom Johnson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. We honor those who endured the horrors of being held captive by the enemy and pray for the return of those still not accounted for.
A PDF file of the entire proclamation is attached to this email.
Additional information regarding POW/MIA Recognition Day is available at the following:
Presidents National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2008 Proclamation: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/20080917-4.html.
POW/MIA Recognition Day information from the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia : http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/recogday.html.
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES
OF AMERICAN PRISONERS AND MISSING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
1005 NORTH GLEBE ROAD, SUITE 170, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22201
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2008 NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day was held on Friday, Sept.19, 2008. This ceremony featured troops from each of the military services. We thank the President for his 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. 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. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
HONOR THEIR SERVICE ..FULFILL THEIR TRUST