The third Friday in September is set aside to recognize those service members who have been Prisoners of War (POW) or who are Missing in Action (MIA). The first time a day was set aside to recognize these important members of our military was in 1979.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency (DPAA) there are more than 83,000 service members missing from conflicts that date back from World War II to the present day. More than 73,000 of those missing are from WWII. The Korean Conflict gave us a little over 7,000, while the Vietnam War left us with 1,600. The conflicts since 1991 still have 6 people left unaccounted for.

There are observances on military installations across the country, as well as at the Pentagon every year to recognize these service members. The efforts of the DPAA are ongoing to identify and recover as many of the missing service members as they possibly can.

Will you take the time today to recognize the POW/MIA service members?