Now on Flickr: Exchanges Worldwide Commemorate POW/MIA Recognition Day

2023 POW MIA table

National POW/MIA Recognition Day falls on the third Friday of September, honoring those who were prisoners of war and those who remain missing in action. Exchanges worldwide are remembering the day with commemorative displays.

At Exchange headquarters, Special Emphasis Program HEROES set a table for six (shown above) in the Exchange Headquarters cafeteria. HEROES began this tradition in 2014. Everything on the table is symbolic, as explained in the below poem by Jon M. Nelson, an inspirational writer and military Veteran. Copies of the poem were available near the HQ display.

PXs, BXs and distribution centers worldwide, from the Germersheim DC in Germany to the USAG Humphreys Military Clothing store in South Korea, have set up similar displays.

You can view an album of these displays on Flickr by clicking here.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. To learn more about the day of remembrance, visit the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website.

To learn more about HEROES and other Exchange Special Emphasis Programs, visit the Exchange HUB here. If you’d like to join a Special Emphasis Program, click here.



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  1. Andrelle Perry on September 15, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    This is one of the most touching tributes I’ve ever seen. Thank you to the countless number of women and men who have, and currently serve around the world. You are appreciated.

  2. Cheryl Frame on September 15, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    This is a wonderful idea and It is about time!
    Not enough thanks is shone for those who have given their lives! I am so sorry for their families!
    Not knowing what happened to their loved ones has to be so horrible!

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