National POW/MIA Recognition Day


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.

A Pentagon ceremony featuring members of each branch of military service is held annually on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This year it will be held Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Pre-orders for the 2016 poster will be accepted on this website beginning June 1, 2016. The 2016 poster will be unveiled on June 23, 2016.

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POW/MIA Posters for Prior Years