POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamations
- Last week I was the flag bearer at a POW/MIA event on the Capitol steps and at the All Veterans Monument and Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park.PhelpsNational POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
America has been blessed by the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have answered the call to defend our country and protect liberty around the world. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor a special group of patriots: those who have been prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. We remain forever in their debt, and we renew our commitment to them and to their families never to rest until we have accounted for every missing service member.
To commemorate this day, the National League of Families POW/MIA flag is flown over the White House, the Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and other locations across our country. This flag is an enduring symbol that reflects our solemn commitment to our courageous service members who have been imprisoned while serving in conflicts around the world and to those who remain missing. America will always remember these heroes, and we underscore our pledge to achieve the fullest possible accounting for every missing member of our Armed Forces.
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 21, 2007, 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 who valiantly served our great country. 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 twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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----- Original Message -----From: News For VeteransTo: Jones, JerrySent: Friday, September 21, 2007 12:54 PMSubject: POW/MIA Recognition Day
California Department of Veterans Affairs
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Legislation and Public Affairs
September 21, 2007
NEWS FROM THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNORS OFFICE
September 21, 2007, as POW/MIA Recognition Day
by the Governor of the State of California
Our freedom comes at a very high price. In addition to the many courageous troops who made the ultimate sacrifice defending Americas liberty, thousands of our countrys service members have also been captured by our enemies or are unaccounted for. In gratitude for their noble service, California officially recognizes the third Friday in September as POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Today, we pay special tribute to our past and present Prisoners of War and those listed as Missing in Action, and we renew our promise to find those who are still unaccounted for and bring them home. And as we remember and honor these valiant members of our military, we also salute their courageous families, who suffer the pain of ongoing uncertainty over the welfare of their loved ones. Our brave troops and their families are heroes who have ensured that America remains the land of the free, and we express to them our eternal indebtedness for their tremendous sacrifices.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2007, as POW/MIA Recognition Day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 19th day of September 2007.
GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA
SECRETARY OF STATE