National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day on April 9 honors the courageous men and women who have endured brutal treatment at the hands of their captors, separation from family and displayed incredible endurance and faith during their captivity.
On this day in 1942, the largest number of U.S. Forces were captured by Japanese troops in the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. After battling through extreme conditions and prolonged battles, the captured troops were forced to march 65 miles to the prison camp. Without medical attention, food or water thousands died. The mistreatment continued for those who survived the brutal journey. In the compounds, deep in the unfamiliar jungle, the hardships, brutality, and suffering lasted more than two years for those who could survive.
Many POWs endure conditions much like this. These heroes deserve a day of recognition. An annual presidential proclamation is signed for National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day and government officials, veterans, civic and private organizations observe the day with ceremonies and events. Some states require the POW/MIA flag to be flown in this day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Honor former POWs by helping to organize events. Ensure your organization flies the POW/MIA flag. Use #FormerPOWRecognitionDay to share on social media.
President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed National Prisoner of War Recognition Day in 1987.
This Sunday is NH Gold Star Mother's Day.... April 8, 2018
New Hampshire Gold Star Mother's Day is observed on the Sunday following Easter. On this day NH honors surviving parents and families of fallen service members -- specifically those who died while on active-duty.
The term "Gold Star" originated during World War I. Americans displayed flags in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each Family member serving in the military. Families stitched a gold star over the blue star to honor those members who died during military service.
National Gold Star Mother's Day is observed on the last Sunday in September.
Please take a moment on April 8th to remember our NH Gold Star Mothers and the Gold Star Families of NH
Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day ceremony
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery
The Dept of NH Veterans of Foreign Wars, Auxiliary, and the NH Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War
cordially invite you and your family and friends to the annual Former Prisons of War
Recognition Day ceremony in the Chapel that starts at 10:00am.
Heads Up ...
Thanks to Jon Dion, President Rolling Thunder NH-1;
The 50 State Traveling POW/MIA Flag, will be stopping in Meredith Sunday March 25th on its way for the Transfer to Maine.
Ceremony Planning is in the works for a Full Ceremony on the Meredith POW/MIA Vigil HILL Sunday 1430 (2:30pm).
This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Meredith POW/MIA Vigil, please make every effort to attend.
Please Rearrange your Palm Sunday Dinner for just a little bit, for Our POW/MIA’s!
Prior to coming to Meredith there will be a Ceremony @ NHSVC 1100 Sunday 25th!
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
When : Third Friday of September
POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War,
and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.
The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.
We are a completely volunteer organization, veterans and non-veterans, using awareness, communication, education, legislation, and compassion to assuage the pain associated with one of the most devastating outcomes of service to one’s Country. As we honor POW/MIAs, returned and still waiting to come home, we aggressively pursue means to return the missing and protect those serving.