Friday, September 21, 2012

TODAY is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

The POW/MIA flag was created by the National League of Families and officially recognized by the Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, "as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."

The original design for the flag was created by William Graham Wilkin III. The National League of Families then-national coordinator, POW wife Evelyn Grubb, oversaw its development and also campaigned to gain its widespread acceptance and use by the United States government and also local governments and civilian organizations across the United State.

This day was established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown.

The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990
PND: Honoring today my uncle Robert Neely Jr., (West Point,MS) my father's oldest brother and oldest sibling, who was MIA/POW in the Korean War.
It was only recently ...about 3 yrs ago that the family was contacted by the Army with notification that his remains and those of others were found/identified in a POW camp/starvation.

Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded for actions during the Korean War  

Private First Class Robert Neely, Jr. United States Army, 
was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured 
on 28 November 1950 during the Korean War. 


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