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INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
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SUBJ/2013 NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces 20 September 2013 as the National Prisoner
of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a national day of observance for
Americans to offer remembrance, honor, and reverence to those who were a POW
and to those who remain MIA from our nation's wars. It is also a day to
remember the POW/MIA families and the sacrifices they have endured.
2. To commemorate this event, the President of the United States is expected
to issue a presidential proclamation designating 20 September 2013 as
National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
3. There are more than 83,000 American service members missing from WWII
through the Persian Gulf War. Of these service members, Navy has over 33,000
unaccounted for Sailors. These MIA loss incidents include WWII, USS
Oklahoma, and Pearl Harbor which resulted in Sailors buried as unknowns in
the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and two naval aviators still
unaccounted-for from the Persian Gulf War.
4. "Keeping the promise" is the theme established by the Department of
Defense for this year's POW/MIA Recognition Day. This theme emphasizes the
promise of our nation to continue to search for our heroes who are still
missing from past conflicts. Recently, the remains of two Vietnam War MIA
Sailors were identified and their remains were returned to loved ones for
burial in our homeland.
5. Navy commands are encouraged to host or support local National POW/MIA
Recognition Day activities. Activities can range from displaying the missing
man table in work spaces to more formal ceremonies where a former POW or a
family member of a current MIA Sailor could be a guest speaker.
6. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) is the U.S.
government agency that leads the effort to account for missing service
members. For more information on this effort and National POW/MIA
Recognition Day please visit DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/.
Also visit the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command website for information on
recovery and identification
efforts of missing service members at http://www.jpac.pacom.mil/.
7. Additionally, pursuant to section 902 of Title 36, U.S. Code, National
POW/MIA Recognition Day is one of six official days the POW/MIA flag is
required to be publically displayed with the United States flag at federal
8. For information on specific Navy MIA loss incidents to highlight at
command activities or other POW/MIA information to aid in hosting such
activities, please contact the Navy POW/MIA branch via e-mail at
mill_navypow-mia(at)navy.mil or 1-800-443-9298.
9. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//