2014 NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
September 19, 2014 will be proclaimed by the President as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Over the past several years, all or most of the 50 states have proclaimed POW/MIA Recognition Day in conjunction with the national effort. The League has asked each state to issue a proclamation, so please contact your Governor and ask for his/her support and a copy of your state’s proclamation! Across the country, local POW/MIA ceremonies are encouraged throughout POW/MIA Recognition Week, culminating with countless events and the national ceremony in Washington, DC, on Recognition Day. Support for these missing Americans and their families is deeply felt. America’s POW/MIAs should be honored and recognized, rather than memorialized, with the focus on continuing commitment to account as fully as possible for those still missing. Strong, united support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete answers. Learn more: Recognition Day-9-19-14
Upcoming Recognition Day events across the country
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From our UK / European Coordinator for the National League of POW/MIA Families
Santa Rosa Memorial Park
POW/MIA DAY A Tribute:
Prisoners of War/Missing In Action
Friday, September 19, 2014
10:00 – Veteran’s Lawn
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 972 in conjunction with the Idaho Falls Military Recruiters present the National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Place: Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail | City: Idaho Falls, United States
VA to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 19
IRON MOUNTAIN, MI The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, will be holding a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Pine Grove Country Club.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. The ceremony will pay tribute to America’s former prisoners of war who live in the area and those killed or still missing in action.
The keynote speaker is Glenn Johnson of Rhinelander, Wis., a former World War II prisoner of war (POW) who successfully escaped from a German POW camp. The ceremony will include music and readings by VA staff and volunteers.
A private luncheon for the former POWs and their families will follow the ceremony.
Pine Grove Country Club is located at 1520 W. Hughitt St. in Iron Mountain.
Questions regarding the POW/MIA ceremony may be directed to Brad Nelson at (906) 774-3300, extension 32001.
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)
AFSA POW-MIA 24hr Run McChord Field Please join AFSA Chapter 1461 in our second annual POW/MIA Recognition Day 24-Hour run. The purpose of this event is to recognize our brothers and sisters that are not forgotten and to support the enlisted family, past and present. If you are interested in donating for this cause, please review and complete the information below. All donations support the enlisted community and will enhance the quality of life and morale of the Airmen. Register: email@example.com
Trucksville church group will light watch fires for veterans
Ed Zimmerman, seen here, will be guest speaker at a National POW/MIA Recognition Day event in Trucksville on Sept. 19. In war, watch fires were lit on hilltops and at the mouths of rivers after a battle, so those separated from their units could find their way back.
“This year we will be featuring Ed Zimmerman as our guest speaker,” Tasco said. Zimmerman, of Bear Creek Township, a Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran, traveled to Khe Sanh, Vietnam with a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, search team earlier this year to search for the remains of two Marines who were killed during the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh in early 1968. Zimmerman, who fought in the battle, will speak about his trip in June to Khe Sanh, where he helped locate the spot where the remains of the two Marines may be found. Zimmerman, then a Marine lance corporal, earned a Bronze Star for saving a fellow Marine and a Purple Heart for a wound he suffered. He told The Times Leader in June that he found the spot based on his recollections and coordinates from others. Tasco said this is the second year the group is holding the watch fire. “Last year we had a former Korean War POW and the daughter of a MIA from Vietnam as our guest speakers,” he said.
The watch fire will continue to burn until dawn. There will be representatives of various veterans organizations, music, prayer and other activities on the grounds. The program will include a presentation of the colors; a singing of the national anthem by Patty Petts; the Pledge of Allegiance by Rock Rec Youth Wildness Experience, and the opening prayer by Dave Higgins, a Vietnam veteran. Tasco, who’s also a Vietnam veteran, will give the welcome, followed by other speakers, songs and prayers.
Fultondale to participate in National POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 19
FULTONDALE, Alabama – The city of Fultondale will honor the nation’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War this September.
The Fultondale City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the day during its meeting Monday. Mayor Jim Lowery said in the proclamation he encourages the citizens of Fultondale and the businesses loca…ted in the city, as well as those in surrounding communities, to “Paint Fultondale Black and White” in honor of the service members by placing black and white ribbons, balloons, wreaths and more on their doors, windows and mailboxes. Black and white banners symbolizing America’s POWs and MIAs will be flown over the White House and other national buildings and monuments as a reminder of the country’s obligation to remember the sacrifices made by the service members, according to the proclamation.
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council last week approved a proclamation that makes Friday, Sept. 19 POW/MIA Recognition Day.
The proclamation states that on that day, the stark black and white banner that symbolizes America’s missing in action and prisoners of war will be flown over the White House; U.S. Capitol; the departments of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs; the Selective Service System headquarters; and more.
A Trussville historical marker
file photo by Ron Burkett
This will be done as “a solemn reminder of our obligation always to remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation,” the proclamation states.
The proclamation encourages all municipalities to place black and white ribbons, balloons, wreaths and other symbols on their doors, windows and mailboxes. It also encourages all Alabama citizens to dress in black and white on Sept. 19 as a show of honor and remembrance of America’s missing in action and prisoners of war.
Sept. 19 will be a day of tribute.
“…we stand beside their families, and we honor those who are held captive as prisoners of war, we will never forget their sacrifice, nor will we ever abandon our responsibility to do everything in our power to bring them home.”
Annual POW-MIA Recognition Day to be held in Cottondale, AL
The annual POW-MIA Recognition Day will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the VFW Post 6022, 7001 University Blvd. E. in Cottondale. VFW Post 6022’s ceremony will feature the dedication of the “Missing Man” table, with place settings for one and an empty chair. Also, a local Junior ROTC color guard will present the colors, entertainer Terry Turner will sing the national anthem and other patriotic songs and “Echo Taps” will be perform by two trumpeters from the University of Alabama’s School of Music. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, call the post at 205-553-8040.
POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY STATEMENT
REMEMBER AMERICA’S POWS, MIAS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Sept. 19, POW/MIA Recognition Day, is a day to recognize the men and women who are currently listed as missing and unaccounted-for, and their families who continue to burn the candle of hope.
The VFW is dedicated to obtaining the fullest possible accounting of all of our missing and prays that all the families of the missing will one day welcome their loved ones home from war.
More than 83,000 Americans are currently listed as missing and unaccounted-for, dating back to World War II. The VFW will never rest until our nation has obtained the fullest possible accounting of all of our missing.
VFW leaders will continue to travel to Vietnam, Moscow, the People’s Republic of China and beyond to actively assist our government with the most humanitarian of all humanitarian missions.
A veteran is a veteran, regardless of the color of uniform or the flag they saluted. Now let us work together to bring closure to the families who continue to wait.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, September 19, 2014
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Kittyhawk Chapter 751-sponsored POW/MIA Coin
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Honoring POW/MIA Personnel - Bill Would Establish Commemorative Chair on U.S. Capitol Grounds
On February 27, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation to honor America’s POW/MIA’s. The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act S.2053 will honor all US personnel unaccounted-for from our Nations’ past and present conflicts. The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act (S.2053) would direct the Architect of the Capitol to place a commemorative chair bearing the POW/MIA logo in a prominent location at the U.S. Capitol. This chair would remain unoccupied to serve as a reminder of the ongoing challenge of accounting for America’s still missing and unaccounted-for and in recognition of their sacrifices for our nation. The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act is supported by the National League of POW/MIA Families, and veteran’s advocacy groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and Rolling Thunder.
Follow this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm to find the information to contact your Senators to engage their support for the POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act, S.2053.
April 15, 2014
On April 15th 2014 the city of Lowell, MA will be dedicating a POW/MIA Chair just as many other Cities have done across the commonwealth. This will be a “sister City” event taking place over the course of the entire day. The event will begin at the Coffee Cann café in Lawrence at 1:00 p.m., then proceeding to the Lawrence City hall where Mayor Rivera will dedicate a duplicate chair in his City Hall at 2:30. There will then be an escort from Lawrence to the Lowell City hall at which time we will also dedicate a duplicate chair. This event will be presented through Both City Mayors offices, The Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, Veterans assisting Veterans group, and the chairs to be donated by the Lowell Spinners.
August 9th, 2014
April 27, 2014
9th Annual Sweet-Ola Ride/Auction and BBQ
Sunday April 27, 2014
Presented by Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation, at the Triangle in Sweet, ID
All money raised will go to support the National League of POW/MIA Families to continue the fight to bring home our unreturned Veterans. Opening Ceremony starts at 1pm with presentation of POW/MIA Missing Man Table and keynote speaker Mr. Mark Stephensen, Treasurer from the National League of POW/MIA Families. Lots of nice items on the auction block. Advanced meal tickets $10 per person, or $15 the day of the event. Live and Silent Auction from 1:30-4pm. Live entertainment provided by Simple Ruckus. Until they are all home, “You Are Not Forgotten”! For more information contact 208-867-9105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.bvpowmia.org
March 29, 2014
And the winner is….Dawn Dempsey from Dubuque, IA!
Dawn is the winner of the raffle for the Name the Character in a new book by Gerri Krotow. Dawn has decided to honor her Grandfather, Charles G. Dempsey, a navy vet from WWII, as the character name in Geri’s book. “I can not express how very excited I am about the opportunity of naming a character in your book to be released next year. I plan on purchasing a copy for all of my siblings and their children, along with all of my cousins and relatives to my grandfather for the holidays next year. This is such an honor to my family and to all veterans. “ Thanks to Geri and her editor Paula Eykelhof (Executive Editor, Harlequin/Mira Books) for the thoughtful donation of a character name to be use in the raffle. And thanks to Dawn & everyone that bought raffle chances. A Navy Christmas is due out in November 2014. To see other of Geri’s book or watch for this book to come out check out her website www.gerikrotow.com
Donate $1 to the National League of POW/MIA Families and get a chance to have your name appear as a character in NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November 2014
Geri Krotow, author of the Whidbey Island Series, is auctioning off a chance to have your name as a character in her upcoming book NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November, 2014. The raffle will start on Oct 1st, and the winner will be drawn on Dec 10th. All raffle chances must be received before Dec. 9, 2013. The drawing will be held at a Christmas POW/MIA fund-raiser in Dubuque, Iowa. The winner will be notified and mailed an autographed copy of the author’s current book, Navy Orders, donated by the author. Mail your name, address and phone number, along with $1 per chance, to Elaine Palen, POW/MIA Raffle, 2232 Suzanne Drive, Dubuque, IA 52002. For additional information, email email@example.com, with RAFFLE in the subject line. To see more books from Geri please check out her website at: gerikrotow.com
Complementary Tickets for Armed Forces Bowl
This is an opportunity for you, as family members of POW/MIA veterans, to receive complimentary tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (BHAFB) Game, being held at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on December 30 2013. Bell Helicopter is one of more than 5,000 Partners of the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemoration Commission, and they have graciously offered complimentary tickets to this annual televised event. By visiting their web site — http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/armed-forces-ticket-request, veterans, POW/MIA families and active duty personnel can request complimentary tickets. This event is also posted on the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration website – www.vietnamwar50th.com.
Veterans Day 11-11-2013
Veterans Day in the Nation’s Capitol Chairman of the Board Ann Mills-Griffiths and Office Administrator Leslie Swindells (pictured in the East Wing Foyer) represented the League at the White House Veterans Day Breakfast. Yes, our POW/MIA Flag was flying proudly over the White House (see photo). In addition to veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1st Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, senior military officers and enlisted representatives of all Services and veteran organization leaders, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki, USA (Ret), were in attendance. President Obama and Vice President Biden held a receiving/photo-op line concluding the event in time for all to reach Veterans Day ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery and across the region and nation. One such event, at the US Air Force Memorial, was co-hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Air Force Association (AFA). Keynote speaker for the event was Lt Gen Stephen L. Hoog, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, preceded by remarks provided by retired Air Force General John A. Shaud, representing AFA, and retired Master Sgt Morgan Brown, AFSA. The event was concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony and playing of Taps.
July 26th, 27th, 28th 2013: Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association Motorcycle Rally (Pocatello, ID)
Come out and join the Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association in their annual Motorcycle Rally! This year’s event features a keynote address by National League of POW/MIA Families member and Returned POW, LtCol David Gray (USAF, Ret.). Gray served as a member of the Board of Directors for 20 years, most recently as the Vice Chairman. Participate in various competitions and events and enjoy musical performances on Saturday with bands including American Hitman and Snake Bones. To learn more about the Rally, events taking place, and accommodations, visit http://powmiarodeo.org/2013-rally-home/.
June 11th – 14th 2014: National League of POW/MIA Families 45th Annual Meeting (Arlington, VA)
Each year, the League hosts an annual meeting that brings together a wide spectrum of US officials to update the POW/MIA families, veterans, and other Americans on efforts being made and recent progress on the issue. The 2014 meeting will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, from Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 15th. Registration will be done in advance with forms being sent by mail after the first of the year. Meeting credentials (name tag, materials, etc.) will be available for pick-up on June 11th after 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Crystal City. The meeting will again feature a boutique of items donated throughout the year such as jewelry, handmade items, quilts, scrapbooks, etc. Funds raised directly benefit the League and donors will be provided a letter acknowledging their donation for tax purposes.