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POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sep 19, 2014 | Blog

As I reflect on the legacy of dedication and service that belongs to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, I feel great pride in their accomplishments as well as reverence for the sacrifices that have been the price of those accomplishments. Today, as we mark POW/MIA Recognition Day, we dedicate ourselves to honoring all American prisoners of war and those missing in action.

As Americans, we never forget the promise made to all who wear or have worn our nation’s uniform that, even if they are lost, our nation will never stop looking for them.  More than 83,000 Americans remain missing in action today.  To those missing a relative serving in our armed forces, I pray for the swift and safe return of your loved one. I also pray that you feel the gratitude and support of the American people, who live with tremendous pride and appreciation for the service that your family has offered our nation.

Today we also remember those who were prisoners of war or missing in action that our nation has since lost. These Americans and their families have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom, and we remain indebted to them. Their sacrifices have built this nation and ensured that its promise lives on for future generations to inherit.