: POW/MIA Recognition Day

POW/MIA Recognition Day

Yesterday marked POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States. It’s been celebrated for 24 years.

On that day, the third Friday in September, America honors all Prisoners Of War and those Missing In Action, those returned and those still missing and unaccounted for from our nation's wars and conflicts.

It passed with little fanfare here in New Jersey, marked with a ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. With about 125 people in attendance, New Jersey also marked Gold Star Mothers Recognition Day, which is celebrated nationally the last Sunday in September. Gold Star Mothers is an organization of mothers whose son or daughter served and died in line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or its Allies.

Here in New Jersey, the last Sunday in September is also Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day. This day is a tribute to all parents whose children died as a result of their service with the United States Armed Forces

Missing In Action


World War I

World War II

Korean War

Cold War

Southeast Asia







POWs Returned






Still Missing and Unaccounted For







The figures above come from the Home of Heroes.

Please take a moment to remember all; those serving in the armed forces, those who have served, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those still unaccounted for.


Comment balloon 5 commentsLaura Giannotta • September 20 2008 09:26AM


They had a celebration on the beach in Seaside Hights I heard as well Laura. They where going to have a huge bon fire in memory and dedication to those POW's and MIA's.

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) over 10 years ago

Thanks Nancy, I didn't hear too much about it before hand which really surprises me.  Have a good weekend  Hey, when are we getting together?

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 10 years ago

I had no idea the numbers were so staggering.  I'll be saying a prayer for the missing and their families.    Thank you for sharing this, Laura.

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Laura,

I wasn't aware of the remembrance day was set aside. The statistics are staggering. Our prayers go out to the missing as well as their families.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Wow! I never know that many were still missing and unaccounted for. Thanks for the timely post!

Posted by Cari Haus (Log Cabin Rustics) over 10 years ago