Proclamation 5520 --
National P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition Day, 1986
August 28, 1986
the President of the United States
and sacrifice are no strangers to America. In every war since our
first struggle for independence, America's prisoners of war have
endured terrible hardships and have been called upon to make extraordinary
sacrifices. The bravery, perseverance, and profound devotion to duty of our
POWs and MIAs have earned them a place of honor in the hearts of all Americans.
Their heroism is an inspiration to future generations. Their spirit of hope and
their commitment to the defense of freedom are a claim on our loyalty to them.
Americans are also deeply moved by the pain and suffering endured by the
families and friends of those who remain missing or unaccounted for. We share
both their burden and their commitment to secure the release of any U.S. personnel who may still
be held against their will, to recover the missing, to resolve the accounting,
and to relieve the suffering of our missing servicemen. Until the P.O.W./M.I.A. issue has been resolved, it will continue to be a
matter of the highest national priority. As a symbol of this national
commitment, the P.O.W./M.I.A. Flag will fly over the
White House, the Departments of State and Defense, the Veterans'
Administration, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on September
It will also fly over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day and
order to recognize the special debt all Americans owe to the men and women who
gave up their freedom in the service of our country and to reaffirm our
commitment to their families, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 220, has
designated September 19, 1986, as ``National P.O.W./M.I.A.
Recognition Day,'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a
proclamation in observance of this occasion.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim Friday,
September 19, 1986, as National P.O.W./M.I.A.
Recognition Day. I call on all Americans to join in honoring all former
American prisoners of war, those still missing, and their families who have
made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of this country. I also call upon State
and local officials and private organizations to observe this day with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of August,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
with the Office of the Federal Register, , September