2013 National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On the third Friday of every September, we Americans honor and remember our prisoners of war and missing in action service members who have yet to come home. Today — September 20, 2013 — is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

“Our country endures because in every generation, courageous Americans answer the call to serve in our Armed Forces. They represent the very best of the human spirit, stand tall for the values and freedoms we cherish, and uphold peace and security at home and around the globe. Today, we pay tribute to the service members who have not returned from the battlefield, we stand beside their families, and we honor those who are held captive as prisoners of war. We will never forget their sacrifice, nor will we ever abandon our responsibility to do everything in our power to bring them home.” –excerpted from President Barack Obama’s official declaration

We strive to support all branches of our Armed Forces, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Emergency First Responders and Military Families. Please join us! 

Photo caption: Airmen from the 51st Maintenance Operations Flight run in formation with the official Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag as part of a 24-hour run during POW/MIA week at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 18, 2013. An act of Congress established this day by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act, and it is one of only six days a year the POW/MIA Flag can be flown. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla. Used with permission.)

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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