POW-MIA: You Are Not Forgotten
By: Jessica Campbell
10 months ago
National POW/MIA Recognition Day (Sept. 15, 2017) honors missing American service members and their families. The annual observance is rooted in the belief that America’s POW/MIAs should be recognized, rather than memorialized – that the focus should be on accounting as fully as possible for those still missing.
It is this belief that drives the National League of POW/MIA Families. Formed in 1970, the League has a singular purpose: obtain the release of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing, and repatriation of all recoverable remains of those who died serving our nation during the Vietnam War. The League’s slogan, emblazoned on its flag, beautifully sums up the organization’s mission: “You are not forgotten.”
And it is thanks in no small part to the League's efforts over the past decades that the fates have been ascertained of more than 1,000 Americans who were or are listed as Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA), or Killed in Action/Body not Recovered (KIA/BNR).
But the work isn’t done. To date, 1,603 Americans who served in Vietnam are still missing or unaccounted for. According to the League, “Strong, united support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete answers.”
Learn more about the work being done by the National League of POW/MIA Families – and how you can help – on the League's website.
Visit our POW/MIA Memorial Site to pay tribute to American POWs and MIA service members from all wars and conflicts, as well as those who have worked to make sure that no one is forgotten.