Proclamation 5695 -- National P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition Day, 1987
the President of the
Perhaps no American could cherish our country's liberty more dearly than those who have defended it and in doing so have paid the price of capture and imprisonment. We take solemn inspiration and resolve from the sacrifices of brave Americans who have endured captivity for their allegiance to our beloved land and our ideals. Their dignity, faith, and valor remind us of the allegiance we owe our Nation and its defenders.
also take inspiration from the courage of the families of those who remain
missing or unaccounted for. The fortitude they display in the face of
uncertainty is heroic, like the acts of those whose fates they seek to learn.
We as a Nation will not rest in our efforts to secure the release of any
P.O.W./M.I.A. issue will continue to be a matter of
the highest national priority until it is resolved. To symbolize our 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
To recognize the special debt of gratitude all Americans owe to those who sacrificed their freedom in the service of our country and to reaffirm our commitment to their courageous families, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 49, has designated September 18, 1987, as ``National POW/MIA Recognition Day'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this occasion.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of August,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 22.