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Friday September 19, 2008: National POW/MIA Recognition Day September 18, 2008

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio, >> News.
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The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has made the following announcement:

A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held on Friday, September 19, 2008. This ceremony will feature troops from each of the military services. The president will issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities. 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.”

DPMO leads the national effort to prepare our personnel for possible isolation while pursuing U.S. national objectives abroad, establish the most favorable conditions to recover and reintegrate them, and fully account for those lost during our nation’s past, present and future conflicts. It currently identifies approximately 100 people each year.



About DPMO

The Department of Defense’s Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office was created on July 16, 1993. It’s purpose is as follows:

• Establish single POW/MIA office;
• Consolidate functions; and
• Streamline flow of information to families and public.

Create the most favorable conditions for the recovery of isolated persons and the fullest possible accounting of those missing while pursuing U.S. national objectives.

Our Core Values are:

Professionalism: conscientiously in an environment that encourages individual learning and development of expertise.

Respect: putting people first by showing compassion for the concerns of those we serve and supporting the worth and dignity of our fellow workers.

Openness: seeking open and honest communication with all.

Management: sharing responsibility for stewardship of our limited resources.

Integrity: to be honest in everything we do.

Service: to the nation, the American people and to those who serve in harm’s way.

Excellence: in all we do.

DPMO: “Keeping the Promise Keeping the Promise”



Further information

Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony



Video: Keeping the Promise



The Empty Table

By William E. Spear


Contact details:


2900 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301-2900

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