California: Governor Newsom Proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Day 2023
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SACRAMENTO ~ On Friday, September 15, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring the day as California POW/MIA Recognition Day. The proclamation honors the service and sacrifice of those who went off to war to defend our safety and freedoms, but never came home.

According to the Missing Persons Act, more than 81,000 American service personnel remain missing from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, Gulf wars, and the war in Afghanistan combined. Some were prisoners of war taken captive and never returned to us. Others remain missing in action.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has identified and accounted for 483 Americans since 2019 – including 101 thus far in 2023 – and continues to navigate the lengthy and often complex process of bringing these service members home. The agency works with great dedication and diligence in seeking answers for their loved ones.

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POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 due to activism from families of missing Vietnam War service members. The POW/MIA flag is displayed at government buildings, businesses, and homes throughout California as a reminder of our country's duty to remember those who serve and do all we can to account for those who have not returned.

Governor Newsom stated that "We pledge to honor these brave souls and their families, and reaffirm the enduring promise 'You Are Not Forgotten'" on this day of recognition.

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