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Runyan Statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Friday September 16th, is the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day. On the third Friday of September, memorials recognizing those soldiers still missing are held across the country.

"Never leave a man behind is part of the credo and spirit of our nation's military servicemembers. Each year the Department of Defense sends experts to search battlefields, cemeteries and gravesites around the world, looking for our fallen warfighters. These soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have fought in every major war and conflict from World War II to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. On this day, I encourage every American to take the time out to remember those who are still missing or captured. In observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day, the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag is to be flown at every military installation, national cemetery, post office, VA medical facility, veterans' memorial site and other official sites. This is one of six days this special flag is mandated to be flown by Congress. As a proud member of both the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veterans Affairs, it is my honor to recognize our nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action."

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