National POW/MIA Recognition Day

A public ceremony will be held in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, Sept. 20, at the POW/MIA Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, beginning at 10:00 am.

The event is held to honor the commitment and the sacrifices made by this nation's Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action, as well as their families. To download and print the National POW/MIA Recognition Day poster - click HERE.

In addition, the POW/MIA Living Memorial and Bracelet Repository at the Washington Memorial Cemetery in SeaTac will observe the day with a public ceremony at 3:00 pm, at which time the Repository will be opened to place POW/MIA bracelets of someone accounted for or bracelets that are broken. The Repository will then be sealed again until next year. The POW/MIA bracelets originated in 1969 as a way to bring attention to the American military prisoners and those listed as missing in Vietnam. For a history on the origin of the POW/MIA bracelet click HERE.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day – the third Friday in September – is one of six days specified by Congress requiring the display of the National League of Families POW/MIA flag at locations required in Title 36 of the US Code, Section 902.

Washington State passed legislation in 2002 requiring all state agencies, institutions of higher education and every county, city and town to display the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, along with the state and national flags, on the same specified days.

POW/MIA flag protocol is posted on the WDVA website.

For additional information concerning either of the ceremonies, contact Darrell Pilat at 425-430-7610.
10:00 am, Friday, September 20
POW/MIA Memorial
Capitol Campus
Olympia, WA

Memorials and Artwork

3:00 pm, Friday, September 20
Washington Memorial Cemetery POW/MIA Living Memorial and Bracelet Repository
16445 International Blvd.
SeaTac, WA

September 16, 2013/ Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Press Release