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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 17, 2010

U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Peter Haymond (right) and Detachment Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Barnwell, salute the flags during the ceremony.

The United States Charge d’Affaires, Peter Haymond, hosted a ceremony in honor of the United States National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday the 17th of September at the U.S. Ambassador's residence.  The ceremony was held in remembrance of the Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action from past American conflicts and to recognize the strong United States and Lao PDR cooperation to account for and recover those service members who never returned home. Representatives from the Lao PDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from the embassies of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Thailand, and Socialist Republic of Vietnam, also attended the event.

POW/MIA recognition day was established by the U.S. Congress in 1979 to honor America's POW/MIAs, those returned and those still missing and unaccounted for from our nation's wars. The observance of National POW/MIA day is one of six days throughout the year that the U.S. Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The POW/MIA flag was created in 1971 by the National League of Families. The flag first flew over the White House in 1988. The U.S. Congress adopted the flag as "the symbol of our nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing, and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia."[Lao version]