National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016, 64755-64758 [2016-22828]

Download as PDF Vol. 81 Tuesday, No. 182 September 20, 2016 Part VIII The President sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS Proclamation 9495—National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:57 Sep 19, 2016 Jkt 059060 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\20SED0.SGM 20SED0 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:57 Sep 19, 2016 Jkt 059060 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\20SED0.SGM 20SED0 64757 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 182 Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Title 3— Proclamation 9495 of September 15, 2016 The President National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation For centuries, courageous members of our Armed Forces have embodied the best of America with devotion and patriotism. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pause to remember our servicemen and women who never returned home. The hardship experienced by prisoners of war and by the family members of those who have gone missing in action is unimaginable to most Americans; it is our country’s solemn obligation to bring these heroes back to the land they served to defend, and to support the families who, each day, carry on without knowing the peace of being reunited with their loved ones. The United States does not leave anyone behind, and we do not forget those who remain missing. We will never stop working to bring home those who gave everything for their country, nor cease in our pursuit of the fullest possible accounting for all who are missing. We are working to fulfill this promise by strengthening communication with the families of those service members missing or taken prisoner. And as Commander in Chief, I am committed to living up to this responsibility. The men and women of our Armed Forces face unthinkable conditions and bear the painful cost of war. Theirs is a debt we can never fully repay, though we will continue striving to remain worthy of their sacrifice. In honor of those who have not yet come home, and the families who struggle with the fear of unknown fate, we renew our fierce commitment to our patriots in uniform and pledge to do everything we can to bring those missing or held prisoner home. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS On September 16, 2016, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War will be flown over the White House; the United States 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. We raise this flag as a solemn reminder of our obligation to always remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation. 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 16, 2016, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. I urge all Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:57 Sep 19, 2016 Jkt 059060 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\20SED0.SGM 20SED0 64758 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 20, 2016 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortyfirst. [FR Doc. 2016–22828 Filed 9–19–16; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:57 Sep 19, 2016 Jkt 059060 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\20SED0.SGM 20SED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS Billing code 3295–F6–P

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 182 (Tuesday, September 20, 2016)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-22828]



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Vol. 81

Tuesday,

No. 182

September 20, 2016

Part VIII





The President





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Proclamation 9495--National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 81 , No. 182 / Tuesday, September 20, 2016 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9495 of September 15, 2016

                
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                For centuries, courageous members of our Armed Forces 
                have embodied the best of America with devotion and 
                patriotism. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we 
                pause to remember our servicemen and women who never 
                returned home. The hardship experienced by prisoners of 
                war and by the family members of those who have gone 
                missing in action is unimaginable to most Americans; it 
                is our country's solemn obligation to bring these 
                heroes back to the land they served to defend, and to 
                support the families who, each day, carry on without 
                knowing the peace of being reunited with their loved 
                ones.

                The United States does not leave anyone behind, and we 
                do not forget those who remain missing. We will never 
                stop working to bring home those who gave everything 
                for their country, nor cease in our pursuit of the 
                fullest possible accounting for all who are missing. We 
                are working to fulfill this promise by strengthening 
                communication with the families of those service 
                members missing or taken prisoner. And as Commander in 
                Chief, I am committed to living up to this 
                responsibility.

                The men and women of our Armed Forces face unthinkable 
                conditions and bear the painful cost of war. Theirs is 
                a debt we can never fully repay, though we will 
                continue striving to remain worthy of their sacrifice. 
                In honor of those who have not yet come home, and the 
                families who struggle with the fear of unknown fate, we 
                renew our fierce commitment to our patriots in uniform 
                and pledge to do everything we can to bring those 
                missing or held prisoner home.

                On September 16, 2016, the stark black and white banner 
                symbolizing America's Missing in Action and Prisoners 
                of War will be flown over the White House; the United 
                States 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. We raise this flag 
                as a solemn reminder of our obligation to always 
                remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation.

                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 16, 2016, 
                as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. 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 
                fifteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2016-22828
Filed 9-19-16; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F6-P