Today, the U.S. Army and Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, was activated on Oct. 1, 2003 to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. The highest priority of the organization is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war.*
Today, we ask that you join us in saluting those service members who were/are Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA). And and send a special thank you to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command for bringing those men and women home.
*To date, the U.S. Government has not found any evidence that there are still American POW’s in captivity from past U.S. conflicts.