POW/MIA Recognition Day

On POW/MIA Recognition Day we stand with military veterans and members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard to honor the nation's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action troops.

Since World War I, almost 285,000 Americans have been taken as Prisoners of War, according to a Congressional report. The remains of almost 82,000 Americans are still missing, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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From rides and runs, to ceremonies and vigils, our veterans, troops and families ensure that we take time to remember.

You Are Not Forgotten.

  • Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Sacramento Valley Chapter 500, retire the colors during the Vietnam War Veterans Day and 50th Commemoration ceremony, March 29, 2018 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch)
  • Twenty POW/MIA flags wave in a steady breeze during a retreat ceremony commemorating National POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 16, 2016, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
  • Local workers with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) uncover a casket at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines, June 6, 2018. ABMC worked with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to exhume the remains from 23 graves as part of DPAA’s effort to identify personnel that died in the Cabanatuan POW camp during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kathrine Dodd)
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Fair, with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) dry screens soil in search of remains in Boussicourt, France, May 22, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Richard DeWitt)
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sedric Franklin, an analyst with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), carries a transfer case during a solemn movement at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Bruch)
  • Local workers assisting a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovery team pass buckets of excavated soil during operations in Quang Nam province, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, June 18, 2018. A DPAA recovery team deployed to the area in search of the remains of U.S. service members lost during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire Farin)
  • U.S. Air Force Airmen run with the Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flag during the POW/MIA Recognition Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)
  • U.S. Army Col. Sam Lee, command chaplain, United Nations Command, renders honors to cases containing the possible remains of service members lost in the Korean War of Korea, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 27, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class David J. Marshall)
  • An honor guard detail of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command personnel conducts an honorable carry ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H), Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Apryl Hall)

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