In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media for publication
FRAMINGHAM – The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. The date this year is Friday, September 17.
Many Americans take the time to remember those who are missing in action and still not home as well as their families.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.
Americans across our country pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are still 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.
Veteran rallies are a part of this National Day of Recognition, and here in Framingham we will be holding the 6th annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony on Friday, September 17 at our Vietnam Soldiers Statute, in the MWRTA Center, 15 Blandin Avenue in Framingham, at 6 p.m.
There are 1,584 service members nationwide still listed as MIA. Of those, 39 are from Massachusetts.
We will be honoring each of those brave men, who gave all in service to their country, and will be reading their names and lighting a candle in remembrance for those 39 from Massachusetts.
The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POW/MIAs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing.
In capital letters on that flag are the words: “You Are Not Forgotten”.
Please join us for this solemn and important event as we live up to those words. At the Vietnam Soldiers Statue in the MWRTA Center, 15 Blandin Avenue.