Friday, 18 September 2015. National POW MIA Recognition Day in the United States.
“Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities. It is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September each year. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.”
For those who fought the enemy on Bataan, there are the POWs and still many MIAs to remember. As this web log writer types, he cannot say or share with you how many MIAs there still are from the Bataan campaign of 1942. Perhaps someone out there knows this.
There is at least one group or activity that is trying to help resolve the status of the missing from the Bataan campaign. The public element of the effort is the web log of Bataan Missing, and from their web log is the following description:
“This site is dedicated to the thousands of American servicemen who were imprisoned and died of starvation, disease and mistreatment on the Bataan Death March and in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines during World War II.
After the war their remains were disinterred from the camp cemeteries and those who could be positively identified were returned to their families. Those remains which were not identified were buried as unknowns; their families told only that the remains of their loved one were not recoverable. The records were then classified and hidden from public view for more than sixty years. The headstones said they were known only to God – actually they were known to God and the US Army and the Army wasn’t talking.
We are happy to share the information we have collected on WWII MIA’s and encourage other MIA families to contact us at BataanMissing@gmail.com.”
For more information, this web log can be found at: http://bataanmissing.com/
Hopefully with the efforts of Bataan Missing and others searching to resolve the many cases of Fil-Am missing, more of those missing from Bataan will be found and returned to their families to help bring closure to the emptiness in their hearts. On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day let us remember the brave warrior who gave their all for our countries – hand salute!
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, poster, at: http://www.dpaa.mil/Families/Posters.aspx