National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2009, 48355-48356 [E9-23006]

Download as PDF 48355 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 182 Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8419 of September 17, 2009 The President National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Our Nation maintains a solemn commitment to leave no service member behind. Our men and women in uniform uphold this pledge every day, and our country further upholds it as we honor every man and woman who serves, particularly those taken as prisoners of war or missing in action. We will never cease in our mission to bring America’s missing service members home; we will never forget the sacrifices they made to keep this Nation free; and we will forever honor their memory. On National POW/ MIA Recognition Day, we pay tribute to the American men and women who have not returned from the battlefield, and we express profound gratitude to those who returned only after facing unimaginable hardship on our behalf. Today, we also remember the families of our prisoners of war and those missing in action and honor the sacrifices they have made. Every day, Americans are working around the world to identify and recover the remains of our fallen heroes. It is a promise made, and a promise that will be kept. Although their location may be unknown, we will not waver in our commitment to see they are reunited with the land they so valiantly defended. For those veterans who returned home after being declared Missing in Action or having been imprisoned by the enemy, we honor their service, their sacrifice, and their courage. In distant lands, and under wretched and torturous conditions, these men and women endured. Faced with such tremendous adversity, they embody the power of the human spirit—sustaining themselves with hope and faith. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with MISCELLANEOUS On September 18, 2009, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War will be flown over the White House, the Capitol, the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, the Selective Service System Headquarters, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, United States post offices, national cemeteries, and other locations across our country. It is a powerful reminder that our Nation will never cease in our commitment to honor those who have paid so high a price in its service. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2009, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and I urge all Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:33 Sep 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22SED0.SGM 22SED0 48356 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 22, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. E9–23006 Filed 9–21–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:33 Sep 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22SED0.SGM 22SED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with MISCELLANEOUS Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 182 (Tuesday, September 22, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 48355-48356]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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Proclamation 8419--National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2009


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 22, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8419 of September 17, 2009

                
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Our Nation maintains a solemn commitment to leave no 
                service member behind. Our men and women in uniform 
                uphold this pledge every day, and our country further 
                upholds it as we honor every man and woman who serves, 
                particularly those taken as prisoners of war or missing 
                in action. We will never cease in our mission to bring 
                America's missing service members home; we will never 
                forget the sacrifices they made to keep this Nation 
                free; and we will forever honor their memory. On 
                National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pay tribute to the 
                American men and women who have not returned from the 
                battlefield, and we express profound gratitude to those 
                who returned only after facing unimaginable hardship on 
                our behalf. Today, we also remember the families of our 
                prisoners of war and those missing in action and honor 
                the sacrifices they have made.

                Every day, Americans are working around the world to 
                identify and recover the remains of our fallen heroes. 
                It is a promise made, and a promise that will be kept. 
                Although their location may be unknown, we will not 
                waver in our commitment to see they are reunited with 
                the land they so valiantly defended.

                For those veterans who returned home after being 
                declared Missing in Action or having been imprisoned by 
                the enemy, we honor their service, their sacrifice, and 
                their courage. In distant lands, and under wretched and 
                torturous conditions, these men and women endured. 
                Faced with such tremendous adversity, they embody the 
                power of the human spirit--sustaining themselves with 
                hope and faith.

                On September 18, 2009, the stark black and white banner 
                symbolizing America's Missing in Action and Prisoners 
                of War will be flown over the White House, the Capitol, 
                the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans 
                Affairs, the Selective Service System Headquarters, the 
                World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans 
                Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, United States 
                post offices, national cemeteries, and other locations 
                across our country. It is a powerful reminder that our 
                Nation will never cease in our commitment to honor 
                those who have paid so high a price in its service.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2009, 
                as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and I urge all 
                Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance 
                with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-23006
Filed 9-21-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P