Today is POW/MIA Commemoration Day


Friday is national POW/MIA Commemoration Day.

Tens of thousands of soldiers who fought in America’s past wars are still unaccounted for. More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War, according to the Department of Defense.

The DoD POW/Missing Personnel Office is in charge of accounting for those still missing.

POW/MIA Commemoration Day has been recognized every third Friday in September since 1986.

The president issues a proclamation on POW/MIA Commemoration Day each year asking Americans to observe and recognize the day. A national ceremony is hosted at the Pentagon.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey will deliver remarks at this years ceremony at 11 a.m.

Events will also take place across the country to recognize prisoners of war, those missing in action or unaccounted for.