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National POW/MIA Recognition Day proclaimed in Alabama

Atmore VFW Auxiliary asks residents to observe the day

Special to Atmore News

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.
The Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary #7016 announces that on June 28, 2018, Governor Kay Ivey signed a Proclamation declaring Friday, September 21, 2018 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in the State of Alabama. The Proclamation is in honor of all Americans missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War, and WWII. Governor Ivey asks all citizens of the State of Alabama to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies. As of August 29, 2018 the number of Americans missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War is 1,594.
In the Proclamation Governor Ivey ordered all flags in the State of Alabama to be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on September 21, 2018 in honor of off those who have been prisoners of war or declared as missing in action. Flags will be returned to full staff at sunset that same day.
The Atmore VFW Auxiliary asks the citizens of Atmore and surrounding areas to wear black and white that day and to place black and white ribbons or wreaths on their doors and mail boxes.